Episode 29: Curse of the Ninth

Did the famous composer Gustav Mahler work his fatal heart murmur into his final ninth symphony? To try and answer this question, I’m joined by Dr. Kevin Nordstrom of the Great Composers Podcast. We’ll delve into Mahler’s diseases, a history of heart sounds, musical theory, his obsession with mortality, and […]


Episode 28: Smallpox Blankets

The story of smallpox blankets offered as gifts to indigenous peoples as a weapon of war is ubiquitous — but is it based in truth? And did our increased medical understanding of smallpox lead to its use as a biological weapon?  In this episode, we confront these questions and explore […]


Dispatch from Botswana: 2017 BIDMC Annual Report Video

  As part of the 2017 BIDMC Annual Report, I produced this video about my time as an attending and Clinical Fellow in Global Health at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana. If you’re curious about what I was up to in Botswana, give it a watch!


Episode 27: The First Opiate Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths due to opiate painkillers. Its causes are varied, but there’s no question that physicians share a large part of the blame. Little discussed is that this is actually the second time this has happened. Almost […]