economic tumult in turkey: worries of “contagion”

economic tumult in turkey: worries of contagion erdogan’s widening grip trips up efforts to stem crisis by carlotta gall, new york times istanbul – president recep tayyip erdogan has long made clear that he considered no part of turkish life beyond his reach, not least the economy. even before he was re-elected in june with sultan-like powers, he had built his popularity on sustained economic … Continue reading economic tumult in turkey: worries of “contagion”

my patient’s faithful sisters

in the new york times yesterday, helen ouyang m.d., wrote an essay entitled, my patient’s faithful sisters, about a patient in a persistent vegetative state coming into the emergency department, and her sisters. the essay was lovely, and i was left wanting more, particularly about the “characters.” the “taller sister,” with her “curly hair cut into a triangular bob,” and the “smaller sister.” but who are these women, … Continue reading my patient’s faithful sisters

in france, even the rats have rights

french freedom fighters press for the rights of parisian rats rodents, overrunning the city of light, have their defenders; ‘rat-prochement’ vive la resistance! “we really need to find a balance to live together.” – claudine duperret and now, a comedic front-page article in the wall street journal, regarding the 4 million rats overrunning paris, and their “defenders,” people who are trying to save the lives … Continue reading in france, even the rats have rights

cyclists call for safer lanes after australian tourist dies

how many more cyclists will have to die? madison jane lyden, age 23, had been visiting new york city on “the trip of a lifetime” and was the ninth cyclist to die in a traffic collision in new york city this year. she was hit by a garbage truck after swerving in its lane to avoid a livery cab. the driver was charged with driving under … Continue reading cyclists call for safer lanes after australian tourist dies

parents worry about contact with unvaccinated child

i read with interest the column in the boston globe this morning by amy dickinson, “ask amy,” entitled parents worry about contact with unvaccinated child. a woman under the pseudonym “worried new mother,” wrote to ms. dickinson because her “brother and his partner” had a young child and chose not to vaccinate. i was impressed by ms. dickinson’s cogent reply to “worried new mother” in favor … Continue reading parents worry about contact with unvaccinated child

will steffen: what you can do about global warming

a brief interview with professor will steffen, one of the authors of the recent article, “trajectories of the earth system in the anthropocene.” the article, published in pnas, has received a tremendous amount of attention from the media. this is of interest to me not only because i’m a father, but also because infectious diseases such as vector-borne pathogens are affected by climate change (i.e. … Continue reading will steffen: what you can do about global warming