Category Archives: Politics

11-22-63 CHILDHOOD’S END – A PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE

“In its cement courtyard, amid the bicycle racks and shrubbery, a makeshift congregation stood silent. Young and older, sheltered from the north wind, with flowers or lit candles or empty-handed. My arrival made maybe 30 of us, then three or … Continue reading

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2013 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER GEORGE PACKER

George Packer at Napa Valley College George Packer’s “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” captured the 2013 National Book Award for nonfiction. Known best for his long-time contributions to The New Yorker, Packer was the featured speaker … Continue reading

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GUNS AND KIDS, CONTINUED – PEDIATRICIAN POWER

“Guns kill kids. In 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,694 children and teens in the United States died because of a firearm. Another 15,578 children and teens were injured. Every 30 minutes, a child is … Continue reading

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MAKING THE CASE THAT THE PROFIT MOTIVE IS HARMFUL TO U.S. HEALTH CARE

My 2007 novel, Standard of Care, dramatized the conflict between profits and the well-being of patients through the journey of conscience of one physician executive. In last week’s New York Times, Editorial Board member Eduardo Porter spelled out factually why … Continue reading

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GUNS AND KIDS

As a pediatrician, I feel compelled to post something about the recent tragedy in Connecticut. Rather than rant, which is tempting, here is a summary of the October, 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on firearm-related injuries in children: … Continue reading

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