MSF hospital bombed in Afghanistan

I don’t even know what to say about the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan *apparently* being bombed by the US government, right after the Oregon shooting. More and more violence, in a vicious cycle. Why did this bombing of a hospital occur? Who is responsible? It’s time for leadership from each and every citizen, including President Obama, as this bombing is investigated. The truth must come … Continue reading MSF hospital bombed in Afghanistan

Emmonsiosis in South Africa

Today I want to bring your attention to an interesting article in CID about a deadly fungus that affects AIDS patients in South Africa. The article is entitled Clinical Characteristics, Diagnosis, Management, and Outcomes of Disseminated Emmonsiosis: A Retrospective Case Series. This is a fungus you have probably never heard of unless you have a special interest in South Africa and infectious diseases. I do, because of … Continue reading Emmonsiosis in South Africa

Thoughts after visiting a Peruvian prison

The most powerful experience from my week in Lima, Peru was our visit to a large prison. I am not going to name the prison because we are hoping to implement FAST there to reduce TB transmission, and there are privacy/political issues. Rather, I am going to share a few thoughts about prisons, drug use, and crime, based on one admittedly brief encounter, but also 35 years of being alive in this world. This essay is … Continue reading Thoughts after visiting a Peruvian prison

The Flores of Miraflores

It’s our last day in Lima, Peru. This trip has been exciting and productive although brief. It has been a privilege to collaborate with Socios en Salud which has a 20 year history of working on behalf of people living with tuberculosis.  We are hopeful that by implementing FAST, we will be able to demonstrate a decreased rate of TB infection in health care workers in … Continue reading The Flores of Miraflores

Bart Simpson and Jesus Christ

TB is a dreadful disease, as I blog several times per week. But it’s not every day that I have some awesome TB artwork to share with you. I took these photos today at a hospital in Lima, Peru where we are working, implementing FAST. My only question is while it seems reasonable to dress up Jesus Christ as Superman, isn’t the letter “D” a bit … Continue reading Bart Simpson and Jesus Christ

What’s up with Whatsapp?

Hello from Lima, where we had dinner last night at a top 20 restaurant. It was relatively inexpensive at $23, (for an American tourist, not a poor Peruvian). My meal included a home made soda made from fruit juice with gas injected in it (“Sacha Yuzu”), corn covered with goat cheese (“Mazorca”), and rice with cashews (“Arroz Cosme”). At the end of the meal, the top … Continue reading What’s up with Whatsapp?

Music in a Peruvian Medical School

“Remembranzas es una imagen o conjunto de imágenes de hechos o situaciones pasados que quedan en la mente; es sinónimo de recuerdo pero se utiliza para aquello que serve para maintainer vigente un legado.” (Remembranzas is an image or set of images of past events or situations that stay in the mind; it is synonymous with memory but serves to keep a legacy active). A few days ago, I got … Continue reading Music in a Peruvian Medical School