Send Money, Guns, and Baby Formula

Inflation is raging, wars are spreading, and baby formula is nowhere to be found. No political regime can survive these disasters. We might tolerate ever higher fuel costs and threats of nuclear war with Russia, but Americans will not stand idly by as their babies go hungry. The Continue reading “Send Money, Guns, and Baby Formula”

Column: A Case of Mistaken Identity

I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a few years. My work included dealing with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in connection with drug development and safety monitoring. I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend meetings at the FDA focused on drugs in development. These Continue reading “Column: A Case of Mistaken Identity”

Column: January 6, 2022: A Medical Perspective

January 6 came and went, and there was no riot this year. Much of Congress took the day off, perhaps out of fear that this year’s crop of rioters might actually succeed in killing them.  Liz Cheney showed up to claim that she had no idea that the policies she had supported for years Continue reading “Column: January 6, 2022: A Medical Perspective”

Column: The Costs of the Pandemic

If a man arrives in the emergency room with a hole in his right temple, a 9 mm Glock pistol clutched in his cold, almost dead hand, and a note pinned to his chest stating, “I want to die,” he will be transfused, placed on a ventilator [breathing machine] and rushed to surgery.  His Continue reading “Column: The Costs of the Pandemic”

Column:Turning Up the Heat on Global Warming

Needles is a small town in southeastern California at the edge of the Mojave desert. It attracted little national or international attention until last week. With daytime temperatures hovering around 120 degrees F in the shade, it became the first location in the world to have a Continue reading “Column:Turning Up the Heat on Global Warming”

Drug Pushers

When I travelled to cities outside the United States, I routinely wandered the streets without any destination in mind.  This gave me a feel for the city away from the landmarks and tourist attractions. On one such excursion in London, England, I came across an advertisement painted Continue reading “Drug Pushers”

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

The baseball legend Yogi Berra noted that “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” in connection with the 1973 pennant race. This observation has inspired many to keep fighting in the face of almost certain failure. In 2020 the fight has been against a virus that seems intent on killing or Continue reading “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”

Learning From History

The televangelist, Pat Robertson, called the AIDS epidemic, “God’s harvest of sinners.” The sinners he was referring to were not rapists, murderers, pedophiles or human traffickers. They were homosexual men. This reflected the common feeling in the United States that AIDS would somehow Continue reading “Learning From History”