healthcare

A dramatization of Poe's Masque of the Red Death. Will it come true?

Will Death Have Dominion Over All?

By Angela Vullo Oct 11, 2020–On February 2 of this year I penned an article quoting Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death,” an analogy more ominously appropriate now than at the time. And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief […]

by October 11, 2020 Commentary, healthcare
Civil Defense Volunteers in Vimercate, Italy

COVID-19: Lessons from Lombardy

(April 26, 2020–The following article is reprinted from Consortium News, which published it on April 24. It provides an update on our series about the coronavirus pandemic, which I launched on March 2 with the article Hamilton’s American System Versus the Virus. The United States can learn a lot from […]

by April 25, 2020 Commentary, healthcare
Public health workers in South Seattle

National Service for Public Health?

By Nancy Spannaus April 9, 2020—The editorial in the April 8 online newsletter of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) calls for a “Bold Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” by the creation of a program of national service for public health. This FDR-style idea deserves immediate attention and action. […]

by April 9, 2020 healthcare, News Shorts
An elderly coronavirus victim, who recovered.

COVID-19: Your Money, or Your Life?

by Angela Vullo March 27, 2020–Those of us who are baby boomers, might remember the famous sketch by Jack Benny from the 1960s. A mugger stops the comedian in the street and says, “Your money or your life”.  After several seconds, when Benny does not respond, the mugger says, “Well?”  […]

by March 27, 2020 healthcare, News
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

How FDR Conquered Polio–Twice!

By Pamela Lowry (March 26, 2020–This article was written in 2005. It is republished with the permission of Colin Lowry, with an eye to the much more severe medical crisis our nation and the world are suffering today. While polio is little known in the United States today, the crippling […]

by March 27, 2020 healthcare, History
Testing outside a hospital in Padua, a city outside Venice, Italy.

Facing the Virus: Italian and U.S. Healthcare Compared

(The following article is reprinted from Consortium News. It was published on March 23. Previous articles on this subject can be found on this site, including an interview with Andrew Spannaus done early in the month.) By Andrew Spannaus During the March 15 Democratic presidential debate between Joe Biden and Bernie […]

by March 26, 2020 Commentary, healthcare
Testing for the coronavirus in Italy.

Report from Italy: On the Brink

By Nancy Spannaus March 18, 2020—American journalist Andrew Spannaus updated his report on the fight against the coronavirus in Italy yesterday. His conclusion: The country is “on the brink” of seeing its hospital system overwhelmed. (His full report can be found on Consortium News) Given that Italy is a G-7 […]

by March 18, 2020 healthcare, News
Gen. Washington deals with smallpox during the Revolutionary War.

U.S. Precedents in Protecting Public Health

By Nancy Spannaus March 17, 2020—The United States, and its predecessor colonies, have ample historical precedents for taking aggressive action to protect public health. It’s high time we put appropriate modern versions into effect. One of the first significant actions came during the Revolutionary War itself. The Continental Army had […]

by March 17, 2020 Commentary, healthcare