Sociocultural Perspectives

Living with MS

“I am not a disease,” as Nancy Mairs wrote in 1986 as a person living with Multiple Sclerosis. This syndrome is characterized for unknown causation and non-fatalness, bringing carriers a broad spectrum of symptoms, most of which involve exacerbation, the sudden onset of worsening, and the recovery from it (1).Diagnosing someone with MS can be…

Health Literacy: An Overlooked but Significant Contributor to Healthcare Efficacy

We are facing an epidemic – one that, ironically, both damages our healthcare system and stems from the healthcare system itself. This epidemic is a large contributor to the variability of healthcare effectiveness, the perception of overall health status, and the presence of higher mortality rates. The system we initially established to help others is…

Does Evolutionary Medicine Have a Place in Medical Schools?

An alarmingly small fraction of physicians are familiar with the concepts of evolutionary medicine. Why? Because evolutionary medicine is rarely included, especially in the form of full courses treating the topic as a basic science, in medical schools. Nearly half, 48%, of North American medical school curriculum deans stated that they “anticipated igniting controversy at…

A Changing Game: How the NFL’s New Rules Have Affected Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and the Future of Contact Sports

As a loyal Kansas City Chiefs fan for the last decade, I have lived through forgettable season followed by forgettable season. I remember watching the Indianapolis Colts erase a 28-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Chiefs in the Wildcard Game in 2014. One could imagine how excited I was about this season…

Do No Harm

“Prinum Non Nocere”; Medical School Students say these lines in the Hippocratic Oath, pledging to do no harm.  Traditionally this promise is made with the notion that physicians will do everything in their power to cure ailing patients.  Yet, complications arise when doctors make decisions on who, and what to prioritize when they must provide…

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