New Book Release

Congressional Malpractice: Is Access to Affordable Healthcare A Right or A Privilege?

By Leonard Zwelling, M.D., M.B.A.
Contributing Author, Marianne L. Ehrlich
Forward by Retired U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.

Published by John M. Hardy Publishing, Houston Texas
ISBN: 978-1-946182-01-2
Release date: 1 March 2018

Health Care Reform Policy Blog

5 mins

The Tunnels Of Cu Chi: The Holocaust Of Liberation

The Tunnels Of Cu Chi: The Holocaust Of Liberation By Leonard Zwelling Would I have ever come to Viet Nam if not for the American War? Doubtful. Yet, after a week here, I have heard little from our various guides about that war. That changed today. It was somber. It was frightening. It was awful. ...

4 mins

Shabbat Saigon

Shabbat Saigon By Leonard Zwelling If Hanoi is amazing, Saigon is otherworldly. It’s Paris with motor scooters. Eight million of them in a population of 13.6 million. They all seem to be riding their scooters on the street at once. And traffic lights? Few and just a suggestion anyway. This town is really hopping. Communism? ...

4 mins

Hoi An: Food And Clothing

Hoi An: Food And Clothing By Leonard Zwelling It’s a day on our own in the Old City of Hoi An. That means only two things are on tap: food and clothing. The market in Hoi An, like the Shuk in Jerusalem, is stand after stand of vegetables, fruits, seafood and meat. It’s all fresh. ...

4 mins

Ha Long Bay And On To Hoi An

Ha Long Bay And On To Hoi An By Leonard Zwelling The two plus hour bus ride from downtown Hanoi to the boat dock at Ha Long Bay was boring, but at least it was on a highway with few motor bikes. The trip was broken up by yet another obligatory stop at a Vietnamese ...

4 mins

The Historic Hotels Of Hanoi

The Historic Hotels Of Hanoi By Leonard Zwelling Touring the bomb shelter that Jane Fonda and Joan Baez shared in 1972 during the Christmas bombing of Hanoi was an otherworldly experience. That bomb shelter was discovered below the Metropole Hotel, the hotel at which we are staying here in downtown Hanoi. It is an old ...

3 mins

The Streets Of Hanoi

The Streets Of Hanoi By Leonard Zwelling It is hard to grasp. I am walking in a country that I spent so much of my young life trying to avoid—Viet Nam. It is Saturday, December 8 here. It’s still Friday in Houston. The estimated population of this bustling city is about 9 million and they ...

3 mins

Two Thoughts At Once

Two Thoughts At Once By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/opinion/george-hw-bush-obituary.html In the New York Times on December 5, Frank Bruni makes the point that in describing the legacy of George H. W. Bush, there are positives and negatives. Both are worthy of description when recounting his presidency. More importantly, describing his triumphs (The Gulf War, the end ...

3 mins

What’s Really Outrageous? That Bush 41 Wasn’t!

What’s Really Outrageous? That Bush 41 Wasn’t! By Leonard Zwelling https://www.wsj.com/articles/reflections-on-impeachment-20-years-later-1543535342 https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-is-addicted-to-outrage-is-there-a-cure-1543620811 Two editorials on the same page of the Wall Street Journal on December 1 tell an interesting tale about America. In the first, my favorite editorialist, Peggy Noonan, commemorates (is that the right word?) the 20th anniversary of the impeachment of “Slick Willie.” ...

3 mins

Designer Babies

Designer Babies By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/25/health/ap-us-med-genetic-frontiers-gene-edited-babies.html It was bound to occur and it was bound to occur where it did. A Chinese scientist, possibly with American assistance, has altered the genes in human embryos, implanted the fertilized eggs, and the embryos grew up to be twins that were delivered in China. Supposedly (there has been ...

4 mins

Modern Medicine: Doctoring Today—An Older Patient’s, Older Doctor’s Perspective

Modern Medicine: Doctoring Today—An Older Patient’s, Older Doctor’s Perspective By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1806984 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1808736 The contrast could not have been more stark. The issue of The New England Journal of Medicine of November 22 has two editorials that illuminate the problem for the clinicians of today. The first of these is about going beyond Evidence-Based ...

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