Medicine is Universal
Dr. Sriram Shamasunder in Haiti

Medicine is Universal

Dr. Pierre, Haitian ZL Leader teaching rounds in Hinche, Haiti with our fellow Robin Tittle.
Dr. Pierre, Haitian ZL Leader teaching rounds in Hinche, Haiti with our fellow Robin Tittle.

“Medicine is universal.”

     This is a phrase that Dr. Pierre, one of my Haitian colleagues here in Hinche, uses frequently. What he means is that medical conditions and the treatments they require do not actually differ between a low resource setting like central Haiti and a hospital like University of California, San Francisco. Of course, some diagnoses here (malaria, leptospirosis, cholera) are rarely encountered on the wards of American hospitals. In addition, we must remember that illness is often shaped by political, social, and economic inequities. But the fundamentals of disease are the same; the human body doesn’t know that it was born across the border. (more…)

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“A Haitian Boy’s Needless Death From Diabetes”

Joia Mukherjee (from PIH), Palav Babaria and Sriram Shamasunder (both from Global Health Core).

The Global Health Core’s very own, Palav Babaria, was recently featured in The New York Times in an opinion piece on the challenges often faced in treating Diabetes in Haiti.

Palav, who now works as a primary care physician at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, was once apart of UCSF, and our Global Health Core, as a Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellow (2012-2013). (more…)

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