Medical Ethics/Issues

Monday Evening News Roundup

Monday Evening News Roundup My good friend, Blake Butler, announced that he is leaving 880 The Revolution at the end of this year. Blake has been behind the mic for four years. He has been a great progressive voice for Asheville. He will be missed. Over the last several days, there have been many blog posts and news articles (here, here, here and here) regarding the death of a woman in Ireland. Savita Halappanavar was a 31-year-old dentist who presented to the hospital with abdominal pain. The patient was pregnant. Reportedly, the doctor said that her baby would not live. Now, exactly what

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Galveston—An Ongoing Disaster

Just over two weeks ago I took my first trip down to Galveston since Hurricane Ike. Ike hit in mid-September. Above and below are pictures I took in Galveston. One is of a boat still out of the water. The other is of a very damaged pier. You can explore the online edition of the Galveston County Daily News to get some sense of life on the island today. The upshot of what I saw in Galveston is that the outward damage to buildings could have been much worse, but that many homes and business places were flooded with sea water and need much work before they can be used again.

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Quick Notes: McCain's Cancer, Obama and the Jews

The right-wing talking heads have been whispering to American Jews that they can’t trust Senator Barack Obama. “Barack Obama doesn’t really support Israel,” they say. They have taken Obama’s statement on speaking with our enemies to mean that Obama would speak with Hamas, although he has never said that. Well, today Obama was in Boca Raton, Florida where tried to put all of these fears to rest. Obama promised an “unshakable commitment” to Israel. He was also hoping that his presidency can repair some of the damage in African-American and Jewish-American relationship. These problems date back to Jesse Jackson’s ill thought

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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