Column: The Pox

Forgive my nostalgia, but I yearn for those golden years when we had no more than one epidemic at a time. Perhaps it never truly existed: when polio crippled rich and poor alike, we still had thousands stricken each year by measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, and chicken pox. We Continue reading “Column: The Pox”

Column: Let’s Get Together

We are social creatures.  We gather by the tens of thousands to watch sporting events, listen to concerts, and participate in political rallies.  We acknowledge that our gods, spirits, and ancestors can be addressed from any place at any time, and yet we build sanctuaries and memorials Continue reading “Column: Let’s Get Together”

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: Lightning

Benjamin Franklin was fascinated by lightning. The famous portrait of him flying a kite in a thunderstorm with a young boy running in the background gets many details wrong, including the fact that the boy was his fully grown son, but it captures his curiosity and originality.  One Continue reading “Column: Lightning”