The Most Interesting Health Stories of 2012

Atlantic writers survey the biggest stories and ideas on their beats. See full coverage

Innovations, outbreaks, and oddities from the year in health and medicine

By "interesting," we don't necessarily mean those fascinating "Man Who 'Gave Birth' to Cat Receives Life-Saving Kidney Transplant from Said Cat" stories. But looking back on a busy year, some things stood out as being both widely discussed and of some consequence, and not boring.

As always, feel free to disagree -- we can talk in the comments about other good stories that we left out, intentionally or not.

Presented by

James Hamblin and Lindsay Abrams

James Hamblin is The Atlantic's Health editor. Lindsay Abrams is The Atlantic's Health editorial fellow.

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile his neighbor, the patriarch of a 70-acre family farm

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The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

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