Doctors Alone Can’t Save Vaccination

As a general pediatrician, I talked to a lot of vaccine hesitant families, and I found that the worst stereotypes generally didn’t apply. Anti-vaxxers on the whole are people who actually do love their kids; they’ve just been horribly misled by misinformation on the internet. Some pediatric practices won’t see parents who won’t vaccinate their …

Telling Women’s Stories

I never set out to write a book about women in science. Heck, I didn’t set out to write a book at all. While beginning to write the book and looking for counsel from professional writers (at, ahem, an undisclosed location), I saw a class titled “Telling Women’s Stories.” I immediately looked past it, thinking, …

We’re all ready for new beginnings

The New Year is usually a time of celebration and setting new goals. I spent last night on my neighbor’s couch eating takeout and watching Anderson Cooper get ratted. As an added bonus, I got to feel responsible for doing so. Cheers! As a lifelong NYE skeptic this wasn’t a tough sacrifice for me, and …

Come Be My Light

We all know Mother Theresa, who is now rightly St. Theresa of Calcutta. Like many people, I find inspiration in all her tireless work. But many people don’t know how much she suffered from depression. She once said, “If I am ever a saint, I will be surely be one of darkness.” I’ve often shared …

About China and Immigrants

As I have said, in order to make it bearable for people to read this terribly serious story, I loaded it with humorous stories from my fun relationships with my wonderful (often foreign-born) co-workers, whom I loved. Both because the stories lighten an otherwise very tense mood, and because of my affection for my colleagues, …

Book Blitz and Book Spotlight

Book Blitz and Book Spotlight 1. RABT Book Tours 2. The Indy Book Fairy 3. Momma Says to Read or Not to Read 4. Sylv.net 5. The Pen Muse 6. Tea Time and Books* 7. Book Junkiez 8. Novel News Network 9. Musings From an Addicted Reader 10. The Avid Reader 11. T’s Stuff 12. Jazzy’s Book Reviews 13. Chapters Through Life 14. Nana’s Book Reviews* 15. Crossroads Reviews* 16. Sapphyria’s …

Careful What You Wish For

Here’s my ultimate “Careful what you wish for” story from medicine: One night, when I was on call on the labor and delivery ward as a med student, my boyfriend “Mark,” who also worked at the county hospital as a biomed tech, kindly brought me dinner. There was a lull in the action on the …

Human Shield

HUMAN SHIELD At the early lab job in cardiology as a pre-med, I used to go into meetings with Dr. Stone and his post-docs. The post-docs would generally invite me to come along with them when it was time to present their data from the experiments they’d done that week. As a student, you’re never …

Allegiance

Allegiance I saw George Takei’s “Allegiance,” the Broadway musical about Japanese-American internment camps in World War II. After the show, which was extraordinary, the movie theatre rolled some interviews of the cast and writers. Just about everybody in the theatre stayed to watch. I was moved to hear how important the show was for the …