Category Archives: AJ Layon, MD

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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Where and What are We? Re-Posting A Quora Piece, as the Time is RIght

What an odd query! How likely is an authoritarian state – in the United States – if we, finally, get a national health system, a rational educational system, and UBI? Really? Firstly, in case you haven’t noticed, the present US … Continue reading

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Comment: Problems with Student Health Services

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/07/13/college-health-centers-problems/?arc404=true I have practiced medicine – in the OR & ICU for almost 40 years. Any of us – including me – can misdiagnose a problem with which one of our fellow humans presents. Yet, the article’s clarity as to … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2, 7 July, 2020, 1400 Hrs

I am sweating. It has been a while since I last posted on this topic. Not because I have been ignoring SARS-CoV-2, rather because being in the hospital – in the ICU – caring for COVID19 and other patients, has … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2 18 April, 2020, 0209 Hrs

It has been some days since I wrote. Too many night shifts; the desire to simply fall into a bed and sleep is too great to be denied. But this morning, I write. For the past several days I have … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2 4 April, 2020, 1600 Hrs

One can gain a brief view of the specter sweeping our country – indeed the world – by walking the halls of our medical centers. There is concern and fear everywhere. Firstly, one sees health care workers – nurses, physicians, … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2 28 March, 2020, 1132 Hrs

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This should have been the first post on this topic, under this heading, that I made. With so many high quality sites available, why put together another to attempt to explain the Pandemic that is upon us? I think for … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2 26 March, 2020, 0204 Hrs

We all know something is happening. Something that we’ve not seen before. Of course we see it in the news reports, the closings, the empty streets. We are not used to this. We see it in the gallows humor: If … Continue reading

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Working in the Virus’ Shadow: SARS-CoV-2 22 March, 2020, 0138 Hrs

I am an ICU physician. I have cared for HIV Patients at the beginning of what became known as the AIDS Epidemic. I have worked in conflict zones in Central America, as a physician with the (then) Revolutionary Nicaraguan Government … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Have You Ever Witnessed Hospital Administration Turn Away a Patient that Should have Been Seen Right Away?

In the United States, complements of a law passed in 1986 – The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) – a hospital cannot turn away someone who has an emergency. Rather, the institution must treat it – at least … Continue reading

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