Author Archives: AJ Layon

About AJ Layon

AJ Layon was, for 28 years, at the University of Florida College of Medicine, in the Division of Critical Care Medicine, in Gainesville, FL. For the approximately 10 years until September 2011, he was Professor and Chief of Critical Care Medicine at UF; In September of 2011 he became System Director and Co-Chairman of Critical Care Medicine in PA; this ended in 2017. He served as a Physician in the Surgical Group with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) through 2018 and is presently an intensivist in Florida, struggling through the SARS-CoV-2 crisis. While his interests are primarily related to health care, health care reform, and ethical issues, as a citizen of our United States and our world, he will occasionally opine on issues of our "time and destiny". Follow on Twitter @ajlayon

Our Podcast. Dealing with health, medicine, and sundry political issues.

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Miko Peled interview. Well worth a listen

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What Happens With Roe Gone….

A Preview of the Dangerous Future of Abortion Bans —Texas Senate Bill 8 Arey W, Lerma K, Beasley A, Harper L, Moayedi G, White K. When the U.S. Supreme Court issues its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, … Continue reading

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‘Fight for Us Goddamnit’: Frustration Grows Over Biden Fecklessness Amid GOP Destruction | Portside

The muted response from the White House following the July 4 mass shooting at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois has intensified frustration felt by progressives over the Biden administration’s approach to the crises facing the United States, coming less than … Continue reading

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Some Maudlin Thoughts on the 4th of July – A Comment to Steve Schmidt

Hey Steve – I read your piece – and it was beautiful – on our country and the 4th of July. Riffing from your piece, these are my thoughts on this day. Im older. I’ve some years left – I … Continue reading

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“Are You Alright?” On Pandemic Death, Isolation, Connection, and Walter Benjamin’s “The Storyteller”

Mary N. LayounA. Joseph Layon Gentle Reader – A short time ago my friend, colleague, comrade and sister – and I – were asked to submit a piece to “Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as … Continue reading

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An interview with Lula – The.Ink

Gentle Reader – One need not be a dyed in the wool socialist to be encouraged by the latest events in Brazil. The present leader – Bolsinaro – who happily claims to be a right-wing extremist, a SARS-CoV-2-denier, a Climate … Continue reading

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American Public Health in the Trump Era – It Wasn’t Just Trump

All of our problems, certainly as regards health, do not lie at the feet of the Great Orange Liar. Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2, 26 November, 2020, 1200 Hrs

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March 2020 through November 2020, nine months. As of 25 November, 2020 there are 259,256 COVID19 deaths and 12.5 million infections in the US. We in the United States account for about 20% of the World’s cases and deaths due … Continue reading

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An Important Piece from the NYT: A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race. It Ignited a Fury.

By Michael Powell Published Aug. 14, 2020Updated Aug. 16, 2020 Along the way, he acquired the conviction, controversial today, that the left is too focused on race and not enough on class. Lasting victories were achieved, he believed, when working … Continue reading

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