Barefoot Running

I recently enrolled in Colin Turner’s excellent twelve week running course here in Boston. Colin, a former college track and cross country star at College of Wooster, brings an infectious, positive attitude to his teaching. Our cohort of students are learning about everything from exercise physiology to running gear, and study technique of elite marathoners such as Eliud Kipchoge. Colin has us take videos of … Continue reading Barefoot Running

Sexual Health

In medicine, we are often focused on sickness and disease rather than wellness and prevention. How much time in medical school do we spend learning about HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia for example, rather than the biopsychosocial and cultural aspects of sexual health? I know medical school isn’t about training anthropologists, but the social sciences are important. Let me back up. Sexuality is about reproduction, … Continue reading Sexual Health

Continuing Medical Education

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2008, there was no SARS Cov-2 virus. We still treated hepatitis C with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. We didn’t have the glp-1 agonists like dulaglutide to treat diabetes, or continuous glucose monitoring devices. Medicine is constantly changing, and clinicians struggle to stay up-to-date in our knowledge base. We read medical journals and UpToDate, … Continue reading Continuing Medical Education

James Hakim

I stood in front of the Massachusetts State House yesterday, a sunny, windy Martin Luther King Jr day. The state police officers had returned to their vehicle and I breathed deeply, then started reading the names of the COVID dead once more. Martha stood next to me, a brave family physician trained in the Montefiore residency system, where my mentor Dr Charlie Van Der Horst … Continue reading James Hakim

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston

In 1963, my aunt, Mary Ann Lederer, and my father, Albert, traveled from Cincinnati to Washington DC to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Together, they heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech, “I have a Dream.” Then in 1965, in the wake of “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Dr. King called for volunteers to come down to Alabama … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston

Please help me write my second novel

I have always been a reader and I’ve tried my hand at penning several books over the years. Back in fourth grade in Michigan, I wrote Choppers in Alaska, a Hardy Boys spin-off complete with a kidnapping and helicopters. Decades later, in 2017, I spent many months writing my first novel, The Beltline. My idea was to tell the story of Dr Leo Emerson, an … Continue reading Please help me write my second novel

My Search for the Great Spirit

Today I thought I’d share an essay my father wrote about 25 years ago. Here it is. My Search for the Great Spirit Albert L. Lederer A few summers ago, my wife, son, and I decided to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, that vast body of land attached to Wisconsin, surrounded by Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior, and separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits … Continue reading My Search for the Great Spirit

On sleep

A lot of people are suffering from insomnia these days, myself included. Sleep is so important, and it can be hard to maintain. There are many factors that affect sleep. Along with diet, exercise, and screen time before bed is stress and anxiety. There’s no doubt about it, these are difficult times. COVID, poverty, income inequality, and racial discrimination have such a huge impact on … Continue reading On sleep