Global Doc: Quarantine

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Quarantine for patients or health care workers was not considered a valid option during the swine flu epidemic, but now with one imported case of Ebola in New York City, quarantine has been implemented in several states in direct opposition to experts at the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO). Fear and politics, not science, are the reasons behind these contrasting policies.

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Global Doc: The end

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

“Either way, no matter what we do, you’ll live less than 12 months, probably less than nine. Even if we were in the United States, your disease is incurable.” He nodded slowly in understanding.

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Global Doc: Listen

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

In a developing country, a school child who cannot hear cannot learn. They are often placed in schools for mentally retarded children, if they attend school at all. A hearing aid can mean the difference between a child finishing high school and never attending school at all.

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Global Doc: Chikungunya

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

A previously unseen virus is tearing through the Western Hemisphere. A global traveler over the last decade, it has made its way from sub-Saharan Africa into Asia and now into the Caribbean, exploding into eighteen new countries in a matter of months, discovering a multitude of new hosts in this region of the world.

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Global Doc: The Exiles

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

The wind continued to howl and the waves crashed over the hull, slowly filling the stern with seawater. The Cuban exiles clung to the small craft for their lives, knowing that to be tossed overboard would mean certain doom.

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Global Doc: Consent

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

She marked an “X” on the signature line of the consent form, indicating that she agreed to participate in the study. Although she’s unable to read, Marie Maude was excited to partake in the research.

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Global Doc: Rubbing elbows

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

The last time I sat at the United Nations headquarters was for a conference on HIV and AIDS seven years ago. In January, I returned for a conference on the same topic, this time focused on how sports can reinforce the messages of HIV prevention.

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Global Doc: Once Bitten

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Over 55,000 people die of rabies every year, the majority from dog bites in Africa and Asia. Haiti allegedly has one of the highest rates of prevalence in the Western Hemisphere. However, much like all health issues in Haiti, the dearth of available data makes it impossible to know the true pervasiveness of the disease.

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Global Doc: Roots

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

They lined up early in the morning, just as the sun was rising. They awaited the team’s arrival outside the small church constructed of irregular, wooden walls and a tin roof, on benches that usually function as church pews. Far off the paved road, on a path of rocks and dirt carved in the grass by foot traffic, they assembled expectantly.

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Global Doc: Tap taps

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Gabrielle was three months pregnant with her first child when she fell off the back of a moving tap tap, one of the garishly decorated trucks that serve as Port-au-Prince’s only public transportation system, and was dragged several blocks after her leg caught on the trailer hitch.

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Global Doc: Chemotherapy

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

I wasn’t sure that we were ready to grow the size and scope of the chemotherapy program. New cancers meant new types of chemotherapy, developing treatment protocols and required further training for the staff. Maybe we had already lain too much on the staff at this point.

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Global Doc: Opulent rejuvenation

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

A hand was placed softly but firmly over my shoulder, like a stern father directing his child, and I felt a strong, consistent pull at my throat. I held my breath and waited for the feeling of a sharp stick of cold metal in the small of my back, blood spilling down my shorts and onto the ground of Plaza Botero.

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Global Doc: Gates of Oz

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

I fumbled in my backpack for my stethoscope, draping it around my neck even though I had no intention of examining a patient while waiting in line — the stethoscope commands access to all sorts of places that I wouldn’t normally be welcomed in.

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