Archive for the ‘Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls’ Category

Head Injury And No CT Imaging

Friday, December 26th, 2014 |

  "Yet another 9-year old with a coin stuck in the esophagus," explains Steve Foster, INMED faculty physician in Angola, southern Africa. "I grabbed it with the biopsy forceps, and up came the coin worth maybe 6-7 cents... Then a laconic ...

Finding Supplies For Charitable Healthcare

Friday, December 5th, 2014 |

  Greg Shay is a mid-career pediatric pulmonologist embarking on a life-long dream: to promote the health of a marginalized community. He completed the INMED International Medicine & Public Health Hybrid Course this fall, and is now heading to the African ...

Febrile Illness? Begin Here…

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 |

  One of the most daunting challenges in clinical medicine is finding the cause of an acute febrile illness. The implications are significant. Some acute febrile infections are life-threatening, like meningitis or cerebral malaria, causing death within hours. Some are highly ...

Polio vs Ebola

Friday, October 24th, 2014 |

  Yesterday was Rotary's World Polio Day, and the temptation to draw a comparison with Ebola is compelling. Both diseases at times sparked intensive public fear: polio in the 1950s and 1960s; Ebola only recently. Both diseases are killers; polio about ...

What Was The Ebola Of The 1970s?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 |

  The progress of today's Ebola epidemic is largely being tracked through the commentary of one fortunate Ebola survivor: the physician Kent Brantly, stricken as he himself cared for Ebola sufferers. This disease, which to date has sickened about 7,500 person ...

Surviving Life’s Most Dangerous Day

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 |

  What is the most dangerous day in a person's entire life? Perhaps the one when a teenager receives his or her driver's license, the first big college party event, a rock climbing or back woods vacation? Worldwide data actually demonstrate ...

How Would You Handle This Fracture?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 |

  I'm holding up to the window a plain X-ray (remember those?) from a young man in acute pain that fell from a moving bus in Angola, southern Africa. As you can see, the femur fracture is displaced and shortened. As ...

What If I Just Go Unvaccinated?

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 |

  This week I have been approached by a number of well-meaning parents and travelers over the hazards associated with various routine vaccinations. Indeed, no vaccine is 100 percent effective nor 100 percent safe. But let us pause a moment and ...

Can You Treat This Child With Fever And Diarrhea?

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 |

  With eagerness and a dose of trepidation you step into a new clinical setting. On your far left a Somali woman is delivering twins with the aid of two students and a supervisor. On your right a young Asian man ...

Test Your Skills: Three Case Study Questions

Monday, April 15th, 2013 |

  The INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference will present you the chance to test your skills to the extreme. This event will include Tropical Medicine Rounds: A simulation of patient care in a resource-poor hospital with scenarios like the following three ...