The Story of The Remedy

The Story of The Remedy

In 2005, when I was mulling going back to school for my Masters in Public Health, my father sent me a recent copy of the New England Journal of Medicine with a special section on “Medical Detectives.” There were two stories that were especially compelling: the first was a tribute to Berton Roueche, a wonderful writer for the New Yorker in the 1950s and 1960s, who specialized in ride-alongs with the New York City Department of Health epidemiology squad. His stories read like a sort of tweedy version of CSI, and the collections, especially 11 Blue Men, were favorites in the Goetz household.

The other story in that issue of NEJM concerned an odd coincidence between

Highlights From World TB Day 2014

Tuberculosis was once the most feared disease on earth. In the 19th century, effectively every man, woman and child carried TB. One in four died of it. 

Today, TB is curable, but efforts to find, treat and cure everyone are insufficient. Of the 9 million people a year who get sick with TB, 3 million don't get the treatment they need. 

I've been following the #WorldTBDay conversation today and wanted to share highlights from the many dedicated organizations working to end this horrible disease.