Monthly Archives: July 2010

When Unemployed Means Unhealthy Too

When Unemployed Means Unhealthy Too

Research confirms what physicians observe and what everyone seems to know in their gut: losing a job is bad for our health. Our crazy patchwork system that ties health insurance to our jobs means that the recession--and it's "jobless recovery"--are damaging our nation's health.

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Facing Our Prejudices

Facing Our Prejudices

I had to be honest—I was uncomfortable with my patient's “morbid obesity.” Perhaps in obese patients we see the feared reflections of ourselves, should we lose our carefully honed discipline. This reaction is entirely irrational, of course; but emotions were never billed as rational, and doctors are as susceptible as anyone else.

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