Category: Health & Medicine

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

when inadequate care kills people

This Lancet study suggests that low-quality health care is responsible for more deaths than lack of access to healthcare at all. Education is key to further developing healthcare systems — it’s why we do what we do! In low-income countries,...

/ October 8, 2018

everything you know about obesity is wrong — well, maybe not everything

This essay about obesity, stigma, and medical practitioners by Michael Hobbes is arresting and convicting: And the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing...

/ October 5, 2018

why are we still using faxes in the 21st century, anyway?

Ilana Yurkiewicz looks at the ugly world of health records and how one of her patients kept getting harmed by the lack of information sharing: While most hospitals in the United States today use electronic health records, they remain disparate,...

/ October 4, 2018

Alma Ata at 40

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration (PDF) — the landmark 1978 World Health Organization statement by 134 countries affirming the vital role of primary health care. This article explains why it’s so important to still focus on...

/ September 13, 2018

Supporting Graduate Medical Education in East Africa

As most of you who follow this blog know, I work full-time as a doctor in Kenya at a great hospital and have joined with a fantastic teaching program designed to educate East African physicians to be well-rounded medical professionals...

/ August 27, 2018

CTE , football, and black men

Bradford William Davis has an excellent interview with Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-born neuropathologist who is sounding the alarm on chronic traumatic encephalopathy: If you ask Omalu today, he’ll tell you that you should never, ever play football again. In...

/ August 10, 2018

Christians and AIDS

The history of Christians and health services is a complicated one. This article by Michael Igoe is a great summary of evangelical advocacy for PEPFAR, which has provided billions of dollars for HIV treatment, and the difficult needle different parties...

/ August 9, 2018

nonstandard patients, nonstandard doctors, nonstandard procedures

This reflection from Leah Libresco about her unfortunate experience of ectopic pregnancy and her deviation from the standard procedure is worth reading. She describes being offered “the standard of reproductive care”, which is basically a medication abortion. While this course...

/ August 1, 2018

“the patient in the hospital bed is just the icon”

Abraham Verghese has a moving and pointed reflection about the ubiquity of technology in the hospital: When students arrive on the wards full time, white coats packed with the aforementioned instruments, measuring tape, tuning fork, flashlight and Snellen eye chart,...

/ July 23, 2018