Category: Health & Medicine

“Let Me Stand”

This is a tremendous essay on one victim of the opioid crisis, as narrated by her brother: Several years ago, I felt convicted to ask Tricia for forgiveness. She was in jail at the time. By appearances, I was a...

/ July 12, 2018

learning from other countries about community health workers

One of my favorite hobbyhorses is community health workers, so I’m delighted to see that someone is trying to study how we might more broadly implement them in the US: The task force says that involving community representatives in the...

/ July 6, 2018

love in a time of ebola

The Christian Journal for Global Health is an underappreciated source of interesting articles and original research. I wanted to highlight a recent article reflecting on the Ebola crisis and the risk taken by health professionals (both African and non-African) to...

/ June 29, 2018

“the medicated soul”: I’m at Plough again!

It’s such an honor to write for Plough Quarterly, one of the best out there. They’re putting out great stuff, and this latest issue on “The Soul of Medicine” is no exception. They have a piece from me about mental health disparities,...

/ June 25, 2018

the good work of Jon Fielder

I’m honored to know Jon Fielder and call him a friend. This article at The Gospel Coalition describes the good work he’s done in Africa to treat patients, teach health professionals, and proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. It...

/ June 20, 2018

global health innovations: delivering blood by drones!

I’m really enjoying MTV News’ Africa Specific series on various happenings in Africa — it’s not just “gee-whiz” stories, but substantial reporting that digs into some of the more complex political and social changes happening in many countries. This story...

/ June 15, 2018

professionalism: the emperor has no clothes!

I’ve long wondered about the dominance of “professionalism” as the guiding moral code for physicians, and I’m glad to have found this article via The Good Physician Project that explains why it’s such an uneasy stricture: To defend its conclusions,...

/ June 12, 2018

an abortion thought experiment

Yesterday’s post got me thinking, and I have an honest question for those who think abortion ought to be legal and that our current genetic testing regime for things like Down’s Syndrome is appropriate. Suppose a genetic link to homosexual...

/ June 7, 2018

information and abortion

Ruth Graham examines the question of screening for Down’s Syndrome (often as a prelude to abortion) in this excellent article, particularly the question of trying to focus on giving information: Even in the best of circumstances, the conversation is a high-wire...

/ June 6, 2018

“Traumatized officers sent out to deal with traumatized citizens”

Baynard Woods tells the story of a Baltimore police officer struggling with mental illness very well here: In a city like Baltimore, where a large number of citizens are suffering from severe and repeated trauma, often at levels higher than...

/ May 29, 2018