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While many of us have been aware, or have recently learned, of the ethical horrors of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and the gynecological experiments conducted on enslaved women by J. Marion Sims, these were not the first instances that the scientific and medical communities exploited the bodies of Black Americans to build modern medicine. Western medicine Read More

EDITORS’ NOTE: This year Einstein joined with organizations nationwide in taking part in a day of service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observed on the third Monday each year by the federal government, the day of service was established to honor Dr. King’s legacy and is observed as a “day on, not a day Read More

Young woman doctor wearing mask looking at camera with other doctors (blurry) talking in background

Editors’ Note: In their third year, students at Einstein take part in the Patients, Doctors and Communities course, in which they come together to reflect on and discuss what they’ve experienced on the wards. One of those students, Rachel Mirsky, shared a poem she devoted to the unique struggles she experienced. In her introduction to Read More

Black and white image of clouds over U.S. Capitol building

On January 6, the nation witnessed the largest assault on American democracy in contemporary history. Sitting in clinic at the time, I was fixated on my phone’s screen, staring at images of a noose, Confederate flags, and swastikas in front of and inside the Capitol. My angst soon gave way to righteous indignation. These symbols Read More

Several months ago, as an infectious-diseases specialist and a career-long vaccine enthusiast, I recommended caution in seeking early vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. I write now, with much more information at hand, to reverse that stance. I suggest that all but the very few who might have contraindications (primarily severe allergies that are anaphylactic in Read More

My mother bought The Little Prince for me when I was nine years old. It’s nearly twenty years later, and that book is dog-eared and heavily underlined, its cover marked by countless coffee mugs like rings in a tree—and is currently nestled on my nightstand even as I’ve transitioned into life in medical school. In it, Antoine Read More