Homicide’s Role in the Racial Life-Expectancy Gap



For all the talk of worsening economic inequality, here’s something that goes unnoticed: Disparities in health between blacks and whites in the U.S. have never been smaller. In 1970, the gap in [...]

Letting Patients Tell Their Stories



Friday night in the emergency department is about what you’d think. It starts off slow: a middle-aged man with a middling pneumonia; an older nursing home resident with a urinary tract infection [...]

Politics should be more like medicine: Column



Inability to put aside differences is destroying our government. Doctors can help. If you’re a practicing physician, even one running the hospital, you examine the feet of your diabetic patients. [...]