On Aid, Fatigue, and Building Broken Wells

I was speaking to a friend and mentee yesterday who is currently in the midst of a covid outbreak in a low-middle income country with an arguably fragile-at-best healthcare infrastructure, high levels of poverty and rurality, low levels of literacy, and significant dependence on colonial structures. He and I spoke, both of us from our … Continue reading On Aid, Fatigue, and Building Broken Wells

On Coloniality during a Pandemic; adding insult to injury

I was recently privileged to have had a series of email exchanges with Physician-Anthropologist Eugene T. Richardson, an associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard. I had come across one of his lectures online and was captured by the clarity and sense with which he approached as complex a subject  as the … Continue reading On Coloniality during a Pandemic; adding insult to injury

On Medicine, Pain, and Illich

I sat down to write this reflection whilst listening to Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim. Not in some fanciful cosmopolitan sense, that I should affect a bourgeoisie-esque romantic countenance, but rather, because a very prominent academic coach on twitter had suggested that listening to classical music helped him write; and I figured it couldn’t hurt, … Continue reading On Medicine, Pain, and Illich

On euthanasia and the social contract

“better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer” Sir William Blackstone famously said in the 18th century.Later it become eponymously known as Blackstone’s ratio despite originating from the writings of Sir John Fortescue, the 15th century English chief justice, in his ‘De Laudibus Legum Angliae’ . Sir Fortescue put it that "one would … Continue reading On euthanasia and the social contract

On the Responsibility for Civil Disobedience in Healthcare

Is Civil Disobedience a responsibility of the modern healthcare professional?    In general, when physicians believe a law is unjust, they should work to change the law. In exceptional circumstances of unjust laws, ethical responsibilities should supersede legal obligations” - American Medical Association, 2002   Do healthcare professionals have a responsibility to disobey a state … Continue reading On the Responsibility for Civil Disobedience in Healthcare

On Power and Pride – Part 2

Update: Since posting this, Nurse Ratchet seems to have unfortunately liked a few more tweets supporting her prior position of defensiveness and aggression. I've left the post below here for posterity and reflection. I think it is important to see that people can do the harm others and be victims themselves; that this does not excuse … Continue reading On Power and Pride – Part 2