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Vaccine Crisis


The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has created massive economic disruption, loss of life, educational challenges, and social warfare between those feeling the need to protect themselves and their families from disease and those who want to live their lives as they … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 2


My first night in Solo, I must confess, was not a restful one. Like a child, I ended up sleeping with the light turned on, as I kept hearing noises I wasn’t used to, and the idea of sharing my … Continue reading

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War Stories From County – Chapter 6


As I mentioned in a prior post, my attending on the medicine service was an infectious disease specialist by training, and he persuaded me to select the infectious disease service as one of my electives. It was one of those … Continue reading

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War Stories From The County Chapter 5


The following are some random vignettes to give you, the reader, a peek beyond the curtain of healing, disease and medical care that made County different from other hospitals. Given the size of the program and the lack of formal … Continue reading

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War Stories From County Chapter 3


The most dreaded admission on the medical service was the “red blanket.” When someone came to the County’s emergency room, and were deemed too sick or too unstable to be properly evaluated and triaged in the very busy ER, a … Continue reading

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War Stories From The County Chapter 2


I was starting my first day as a newly minted doctor on the 6th floor of the 18 story building. This, I was later to discover, was fortuitous, as it allowed you easier stairway access to X-ray on the 3rd … Continue reading

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With Age Comes Loss


One of the lessons of aging comes from the gradual loss of abilities – the slow withering of function that we all intellectually know to expect, but that still manages to take us by surprise. The day comes, like it … Continue reading

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Is Life Worth Living?


William James, when asked the question at the heart of philosophy, “Is life worth living?” responded with “Maybe. It depends on the liver.” He later elaborated that “Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t Become A Surgeon


One of the oldest medical schools in the country, Tulane is known for its long tradition of surgical excellence. From Rudolf Matas to Alton Ochsner, from Michael DeBakey  to Ted Drapanas (chief of surgery during my time, as well as … Continue reading

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ER Days at Charity Hospital


For those of us who survived the gauntlet of our basic science education and the first two years of medical school, there was now a light at the end of the tunnel. The start of our third year was  the … Continue reading

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