Bullets and Health

“What brings you in today?” I asked my new patient, a healthy appearing clean cut thirty five year old married man with kids. “Check me out, doc.” (STD check? chronic disease screen?) “My brother was just diagnosed with diabetes, I want to make sure I’m okay.” (okay, easy—sugar and cholesterol check) No prior medical problems for him.…

Socio-Medical Trainwrecks

I don’t know if the term “socio-medical” even exists. But it felt like every single pathology I dealt with today was a social problem. Ulcer, exercerbated by no medications (damn pre-authorization!), and no food. In an unstable housing situation, with limited transportation. And serious medical issues taken lightly by a local hospital. My diagnoses: Unstable…

The Health Costs of Inequality

The word is out–according to economists from Standard & Poor, the stalled economic recovery in America after the Great Recession could be due to our staggering income inequality. The rich get richer, and they already have everything they need, so they do not buy any additional goods and services, but instead put their money into…

Chi-Beria: Where Celsius Meets Fahrenheit

It’s official: it’s too cold to be outside safely in Chicago.  Negative 15 degrees, fahrenheit. Negative 40 degrees with windchill. Chicago Public Schools are closed. University of Chicago cancelled classes. Non-essential personnel, of which I am one, can stay home. Chicago Family Health Center is closed for today. Depending on weather conditions, Tuesday may be another stay-in-my-pajamas…