From the Editor

From the Editor November/December 2019
On the Hippocratic Oath
Controversy surrounding the Hippocratic oath is not new. Taken by doctors around the world before starting to practice medicine, the oath, which is more than 2400 years old, establishes a number of ethical principles in medicine. Yet what appears in... Read more
From the Editor March/April 2017
Beyond Longevity: Healthy Aging as a Universal Goal
What is the difference between life span and health span? The first reflects longevity measured by the number of years lived, while the second represents the ability to enjoy a reasonably healthy condition throughout most of those years. How big... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2016
The Year in Review
As we look back over 2016 at IEEE Pulse, we can proudly say that our efforts to bring you up-to-date and informative articles that span the EMB spectrum have paid off. IEEE Pulse began the year with a comprehensive look... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2016
Vendor-Neutral Electronic Health Records
On 28 February 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association and IEEE Pulse hosted a one-day symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada, concurrent with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2016 annual meeting. The event, which was the first... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2016
Virtual Reality
Rehabilitation engineering refers to the development and application of techniques, devices, and protocols for restoring function following disability. Although in most cases the concept relates to motor functions (e.g., training after a stroke or the use of limb prosthetics), mental... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2015
Mirror Image
Throughout time, the eyes have been viewed as a portal— to the soul, to the mind, to what lies hidden. In this issue of IEEE Pulse, authors explore similar terrain by examining recent research into the eye as a means... Read more
From the Editor September/October 2015
3-D Printed Pills: A New Age for Drug Delivery
A critical and often underappreciated step in the development of a new small-molecule drug is its manufacture into a pill for oral delivery. It is critical to maintain the biochemical potency that makes the drug a desirable therapeutic while simultaneously building... Read more
From the Editor July/August 2015
The Genie Is Out of the Bottle
In my July/August 2014 editorial in IEEE Pulse [1], I opined on the very real possibility of genetic editing of human embryos with the newly discovered CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. My opinion was based on reported research in the Yunnan... Read more
From the Editor July/August 2015
Biomedical Research in Italy
From the Colosseum to the Roman aqueducts, Italy has historically been admired, envied, and imitated for its feats in advanced engineering. Beginning with Leonardo da Vinci’s military tanks and extending through today in such diverse arenas as high-performance automobiles and... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2015
Listening to Light and Seeing Through: Biomedical Photoacoustic Imaging
In today’s clinical practice, human vision remains the major diagnostic imaging tool that can capture the shapes and colors of tissue surfaces. Similarly, a very popular manmade device, the camera, can copy what our eyes can see and store the... Read more