Purulent Pericarditis

I recently received an email from a friend, a physician in Mozambique. She had a puzzling clinical case which she wanted assistance with, so I asked her if I could put it on my blog. She agreed. Her patient was a 28 year old man, HIV negative, hospitalized with the diagnosis of purulent pericarditis. He had a history of 7 months of dyspnea, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss. He … Continue reading Purulent Pericarditis

Bearing Witness: World AIDS Day 2016

I’ve wanted to be an HIV doctor since I was a teenager, and finally I have achieved my goal. Recently I completed my infectious diseases fellowship and am now an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. And yet, World AIDS Day always brings sorrow, because of the memories of my patients who have died of this dreadful virus. Lovely people, in Philadelphia, San Diego, Gabarone, Maputo, … Continue reading Bearing Witness: World AIDS Day 2016

Larry Kotlikoff on how to prevent the next Great Depression

Yesterday, my wife and I attended an excellent session on financial planning led by Professor Larry Kotlikoff, an economist from Boston University.  At the end of the session, he discussed the risk we face of another great depression. Several important factors include inflation, high interest rates, dropping bond prices (even protected bonds), trade barriers, etc. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Professor Kotlikoff has written … Continue reading Larry Kotlikoff on how to prevent the next Great Depression

Pauline Oliveros, Composer Who Championed ‘Deep Listening’

Pauline Oliveros, a composer whose life’s work aspired to enhance sensory perception through what she called “deep listening,” died on Thursday at her home in Kingston, N.Y. She was 84. Her death was confirmed by her spouse, Carole Ione Lewis, a writer and performance artist known as Ione. Early in her career in the 1960s, Ms. Oliveros avidly adopted cutting-edge technologies, working with magnetic tape … Continue reading Pauline Oliveros, Composer Who Championed ‘Deep Listening’

Täo Porchon-Lynch

Good morning! I hope you have a wonderful Monday. My favorite article from the weekend’s New York Times was written by Katherine Rosman. The article was a description of the life of Täo Porchon-Lynch, an inspirational 98-year-old yoga teacher(!!)  The human body and spirit is capable of so much, if we really focus on health. If we sit in a windowless cubicle all day and drink soda, forget about … Continue reading Täo Porchon-Lynch

Spare Change News

Good morning. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and subsequent Thanksgiving holiday. This will be my last blog entry for the next several days. Today, I want to bring your attention to an important newspaper called Spare Change. The newspaper’s mission is “To present, by our own example, that homeless and economically disadvantaged people, with the proper resources, empowerment, opportunity, and encouragement are capable of creating change … Continue reading Spare Change News

Garv Bomjan, Higher Ground

Good morning. I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday. Garv Bomjan is a guitarist who busks at South Station in Boston. His album, Higher Ground, is for sale. Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility will be meeting on Tuesday, 11/29, at 6 PM, in the Sackler Building at Tufts School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Ave, room 812. We will be discussing the formation of a speakers’ … Continue reading Garv Bomjan, Higher Ground