James Hamblin

James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The AtlanticHe is the host of If Our Bodies Could Talk.
 
 

Living Simply in a Dumpster

One professor left his home for a 36-square-foot open-air box, and he is happier for it. How much does a person really need?

Always Make Promises

Living up to a social contract is inordinately valuable, and there's no pressure to exceed it.

Always Talk to Strangers

People who know and trust their neighbors are less likely to have heart attacks. New research builds on the understated health benefits of a sense of belonging and community.

The Song of Ferguson

J. Cole's tribute to Michael Brown implores, "All we wanna do is be free."

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

People in dense cities are thinner and have healthier hearts than people in sprawling subdivisions. New research says the secret is in the patterns of the streets.

The Question Doctors Can't Ask

Is there a gun in your home? If so, is it secure? A Florida law now prevents physicians from discussing firearm safety with patients.