Contributors: October 2008

Scott Martelle, Nancy Nall Derringer, Sonia Roy, Andy Potts

scott martelleScott Martelle

Martelle, a former Detroit News and Los Angeles Times reporter, first wrote about a victim of bipolar disorder in the early 1980s, when he and a colleague chronicled the remarkable rise and dramatic fall of a young entrepreneur in Rochester, N.Y. Since then, he has noticed the illness cropping up in unexpected places, including the October 1986 fatal shootout between Detroit police and a man who had been setting small fires. The day after, Martelle and a colleague were let into the man’s apartment and found pills in a medicine cabinet, which the colleague identified as a treatment for bipolar disorder. He knew because they were the same meds he was taking. In Martelle’s Hour Detroit debut, he writes about bipolar research being done in memory of Heinz Prechter (page 114).

Nancy Nall Derringer</

Nancy Nall Derringer

This is Derringer’s third year working on the Top Docs issue, and her after-deadline reaction is always the same: One of these days, we’re going to live forever. Or maybe not, but it’s hard not to be amazed at the strides medical technology is taking, and how concrete the results are in the everyday lives of patients (page 102). “I talked to a man who was able to watch his own cardiac catheterization during a heart attack,” she says. “He said, ‘I watched them do it on the screen.’ ” A generation ago, he would have had open-heart surgery — if he’d lived long enough to make it to the hospital. After filing her story, Derringer took a long bike ride, because prevention is still the best treatment of all. In this issue, she also writes about the trend of concierge medical practices (page 106).

Sonia Roy

Sonia Roy

Roy has done work for Business Week, Vancouver Magazine, Cottage Life, and other high-profile publications. But her illustration for this issue of Hour Detroit was “a bit personal,” she says. “Fifteen years ago, my mother had a double lung transplantation, so life for me is [synonymous with] breath.” Roy’s image on page 106 depicts a doctor associated with two red-tree shapes that can be interpreted as lungs or as life, she says. Roy studied film, photography, and Web design, but her strongest passions, she maintains, are photography and two-dimensional images.

Andy Potts

Andy Potts

With a résumé that includes clients from Microsoft, Brahma Beer, Newsweek and The Boston Globe, Potts juggles work in freelance illustration and new media. His illustration for the story “Spare Parts” (page 122) allowed him to indulge in the use of vibrant colors and “tackling a form of medical illustration in an exciting way,” he says. “It was difficult trying to think of a conceptual route that avoided showing the organs themselves, so I tackled the spare body parts head-on in what I hope is a tasteful, but visually interesting and fresh approach.” A native of the United Kingdom, Potts received a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Portsmouth University in 1995, before moving to London.

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