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The Terri Schiavo Case: A Cautionary Tale For Justices Who Want to Play Doctor.

Mike Magee For the Justices on the Supreme Court considering allowing the government to “muscle out” the patient-physician relationship in the Mississippi abortion case (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization), the question each should be asking is, “What possibly could go wrong if we remove doctors from delicate life and death decisions?” For historic precedent […]

Note To AMA: Reversing Roe v. Wade Threatens the Patient-Physician Relationship and Societal Trust in Doctors.

Mike Magee “Should anyone present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.” The admonition above first appeared in the marriage liturgy section of the Book of Common Prayer in 1549 that laid out Church of England guidelines for worship leaders at […]

For A Nation Gripped In Fear, The Solution is Positive Leadership.

Mike Magee I wonder these days, “What are my fellow Americans thinking?” Not knowing the answer, I thought I might share with you what’s on my mind as the nation absorbs everything from Omicron variants to Roe v. Wade teetering on the cliff. My reflections have centered on the issue of change, how it affects […]

Omicron and Evolutionary Biology: A Greek Tragedy in the Making.

Mike Magee “Many still see Alpha and Delta as being as bad as things are ever going to get. It would be wise to consider them as steps on a possible trajectory that may challenge our public health response further.”        Aris Katzourakis, Evolutionary Biologist, University of Oxford., August, 2021 The prophetic words […]

Giving Thanks for Principled Leaders.

Mike Magee This Thanksgiving, more than most, our country finds itself reaching for guidance and direction. Join me in giving thanks for principled leaders. ______________________________________________ The principles most people aspire to live by come quite naturally to mind because they simply feel right, or sound right to the majority. We make choices – good over […]

Health Insecurity and the Survival of American Democracy

Mike Magee Social Epidemiology, is a branch of epidemiology that concentrates on the impact of the various social determinants of health on the citizens of a nation. This field of study lives at the intersection of health care services, political science , the law, and history. What makes this field of study so timely and […]

The Value of the “Right” to Health Depends On The Definition of “Health.”

Mike Magee In my course this Fall at the University of Hartford, titled “The Right to Health Care and the U.S. Constitution”, we have concentrated on the power of words, of precedent, and the range of interests with which health has been encumbered over several hundred years. The topic has been an eye-opener. On the […]

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