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Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in Neurology, Popular culture

Another Kennedy Passes

Another Kennedy Passes


Senator Ted Kennedy succumbed approximately 15 months after his diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme. In June of 2008, Kennedy underwent neurosurgery at Duke, followed by unspecified chemotherapy (probably temozolomide [Temodar; Schering-Plough]) and radiation therapy at MGH. Kennedy’s survival was about 4 months longer than his expected median survival.

Fault the New York Times for what you will, but the paper consistently prints top-notch obituaries. Kennedy’s is no exception (although there’s been plenty of time to draft it).

Photo: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Addendum: Highly irreverent, but funny bit from The Onion, America’s Finest News Source.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.