Promise and peril in the Trump era: The history of immigration in America

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An enduring icon of the American immigration experience is the Statute of Liberty, the towering figure who, in our collective imagination,... Read more

ACA repeal recalls politics of maternity and infant care ... in the 1920s

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It was no surprise that Republican members of the new Congress, sworn in just 10 days before, voted last week to repeal the Affordable Care... Read more

#WhataDoctorLooksLike

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Almost 40 years ago, during my internal medicine clerkship at the University of Pennsylvania, I walked into a patient’s room, introduced... Read more

Your handy-dandy presidential public health voter's guide

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So here we are. A day we’ll all remember at the end of a campaign we’d soon like to forget. In hours this will all be over. Seriously! Just... Read more

Of ghosts and bones and vitamin D (on Halloween, before the election)

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It’s a perfect time for a spooky tale of specters and midnights and skeletons. Well, how about a spooky story about a ghost haunted by... Read more

'White privilege' in American medicine

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More than 27,000 Americans will likely die from a heroin or prescription painkiller overdose this year. While the victims will come from every... Read more

What will today's immigration detention centers look like to future Americans?

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Seventy-five years ago, over 125,000 Americans (the majority of them citizens) were sent to concentration camps. Over half of those interned... Read more

Are we really still talking about Wakefield's autism con?

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We seem to be living in the age of the con. In a time when facts, well, they don’t seem to matter very much, do they? We’ve moved... Read more