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Follow-Up on Hospital Malnutrition

In 2015 I published an article in the Columbia Medical Review outlining one of the most horrifying cases of hospital-induced malnutrition leading to death. You can read that article here: https://medicalreview.columbia.edu/article/leroy/.

Years later, malnutrition in hospitalized patients persists. See the following link: https://www.newsdeeply.com/malnutrition/articles/2018/04/04/malnourished-patients-fall-through-the-cracks-in-americas-hospitals

Is your loved-one the next victim?

The Art of Death

IMG_0936Edwidge Danticat


“How can we write plausibly from the point of view of the dying, when we have not died ourselves, and have no one around to ask what is it like to die? But we do ask. We ask writers.”

In The Art of Death – Writing the Final Story Edwidge Danticat writes elegantly and simply, as she reflects on death as written in works by Leo Tolstoy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Albert Camus, Toni Morrison, and others.


Judas, Amos Oz

Judas, by Amos Oz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), is an exquisite love story and one of his most powerful novels. (“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Thus, spoke the prophet Jeremiah. Thomas Mann writes somewhere that hatred is simply love with a minus sign placed before it. Jealousy is the proof that love is like hatred, because in jealousy, love and hatred are mixed together. In the Song of Songs, in the selfsame verse, we are told that love is strong as death, jealousy cruel as the grave.”)