Listen to our inaugural season, “The Pathologist in the Basement,” about Dorothy Andersen, a physician and pathologist who solved a medical mystery when she identified and defined cystic fibrosis in 1938. A passionate outdoorswoman, a “rugged individualist” and a bit of an enigma, Andersen changed the way we understand acute lung and gastrointestinal problems in young children.
This podcast is distributed by PRX and published in partnership with Scientific American. Season 1 art is by Marina Muun.
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The resignation & the pathologist at the center of it all: Dorothy Andersen.
Dr. Andersen’s legacy creates hope for those living with cystic fibrosis.
A missing portrait of Andersen teaches us the perils of memorialization.
The traces Dr. Andersen left behind provide glimpses into her life.
While performing at autopsy, Dr. Andersen makes a startling discovery.
Dr. Dorothy Andersen identified and defined cystic fibrosis in 1938.
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