Worth reading: The Case for Waking

Poetry and medicine, from Janis Lou Harrington in JAMA: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2757230 The Case for Waking “I. Beside my husband’s ICU bed, I plead my case for waking, hold my palm flat as a bible, place his warm hand on mine. His face inscrutable beneath a bandage wreath, he breathes on his own, his heart pumps, his…

Worth reading: “My only crime is my face,” Perspective from Mary Oyama Mittwer and Miné Okubo

While browsing through an online museum exhibit, I came across an excerpt from this compelling article written during the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. I managed to find a scan of the full article hosted by the UC Berkeley Library. The writer describes her family’s internment experience until their release in 1943,…

Worth reading: Opioid Prescribing in the Midst of Crisis – Myths and Realities

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1914257 Great perspective from Michael L. Barnett, M.D., in NEJM. Sadly, it’s paywalled, but I share a useful table from the article below. Barnett describes the current state of opioid prescribing as an over-correction, in which the terrible opioid overdose epidemic has led public health officials and providers to move too far in the opposite…

Worth reading: History in a Crisis — Lessons for Covid-19

Much needed perspective from David S. Jones, M.D., Ph.D., in NEJM. www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2004361 An especially worthwhile excerpt: “History suggests that we are actually at much greater risk of exaggerated fears and misplaced priorities. There are many historical examples of panic about epidemics that never materialized (e.g., H1N1 influenza in 1976, 2006, and 2009). There are countless…

Worth reading: Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted

Just published today (February 28, 2020) in the New England Journal of Medicine, from Anthony Fauci and Clifford Lane (director and deputy director, respectively, of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease) and Robert Redfield (director of the CDC). A clear, concise report on what is currently known about the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak from…

Worth reading: A critical view on transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in humans

Abstract “Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance refers to the transmission of epigenetic information through the germline. While it has been observed in plants, nematodes and fruit flies, its occurrence in mammals—and humans in particular—is the matter of controversial debate, mostly because the study of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance is confounded by genetic, ecological and cultural inheritance. In this…