His wife was pleading tearfully with us. “Please, if you just let me feed him, he’ll get strong enough for chemo.” The patient’s three adult children echoed their mother’s plea. This is not an uncommon scenario when I am called to facilitate a discussion between the medical team and the family of a patient with […]Read More Food, Caring, and Cancer: Understanding Caregiver Distress about Feeding
By now you’ve probably encountered antivax rhetoric claiming parallels between vaccine mandates and Nazi Germany medical experiments. In this post, I will explore whether such analogies are legitimate. I’m not the first to do this but I hope to contribute a perspective that adds a new dimension. Before evaluating any alleged parallels between vaccine mandates […]Read More Are Vaccine Mandates similar to nazi medical experiments?
The latest hot topic in the news is organ donor ethics. Several donor clinics have removed from eligibility potential recipients who refuse to get a covid vaccine. Let’s learn about the ethics of organ donation to understand the policy. There are about 100 000 people in the US waiting for an organ transplant. Unfortunately, not […]Read More Covid-19 vaccine refusal and organ transplant eligibility
This is the story of Onesimus, an African slave, who is responsible for the first major medical advancement in American history: Inoculation against smallpox. Up until the later half of the 1700s, smallpox outbreaks were a major threat to public health in the American Colonies. Smallpox virus droplets from an infected individual (usually from speaking) […]Read More Black History and the Early History of Inoculation in America