Author Archives: Meg

Rainy Season

I sit under the shade of Estela’s palm-roofed patio, waiting for her to change her clothes and brush her hair before we go on a patient home visit.  Rainy season has come early this year, and my trek up to Negro Melo had already been delayed three days due to the swollen rivers. Today has [Read more]

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Field Trip

Our medical service team left September 12, and in the intervening weeks Nicole and I have been feverishly trying to round up all the patients who require further follow-up. Some patients with hypertension were immediately entered into our Chronic Care Management Program, to be followed by our community health workers. Other patients with diabetes will [Read more]

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The field of medicine typically deals with the individual: how a single person succumbs to disease, and the pathophysiological battle that thereby ensues. Medicine is exemplified by CAT scans and chemotherapy, surgery and psychotherapy. The field of public health, however, typically deals with the collective: how a group of people can prevent disease, thus avoiding [Read more]

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