Archive for September, 2011

Pregnancy Can Be Dangerous!

Saturday, September 24th, 2011 |

  Some 600,000 women die worldwide each year from pregnancy-related causes, and 98 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries. The major causes of maternal deaths in developing nations, in numerical order of importance, are hemorrhage, peripartum sepsis, abortion, eclampsia and obstructed labor/ruptured uterus. Regarding the latter, obstructed and prolonged labor alone leads to […]

What We Never Talked About In Medical School

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 |

  How would you work to improve the health of an entire community, rather than just one person at a time? We NEVER talked about this when I was in medical school, not even during our tiny public health course. I could wax poetic concerning all the reasons for focusing on health needs of individuals […]

I Demand The Witch Doctor. Not You!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 |

  “The kid’s been seizing for an hour, but the dad won’t let us give anything. No drugs, no oxygen. This kid’s gonna die!” The paramedic’s speech was pressured. “He’s turning blue and the convulsions have not stopped since I picked them up in the shopping center parking lot. What else could I do?”   […]