Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 6:21 pm
Louisiana's new abortion law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. But a lawsuit challenged the law on the basis that the requirement was medically unnecessary and would result in the closure of the state's abortion clinics. A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the measure.
Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 12:44 pm
After a couple days operating on people in Iquitos, Peru, we realize we're going to need some more patients.
We started with about 50 candidates, with hernias, tumors or unidentified pains. But most were excluded for a variety of reasons. Some were too old or weak, and we feared complications with their hearts. Some never returned with the x-rays (relatively affordable at government clinics) we would need before operating. Yet others had conditions we were not equipped to operate on, like tumors of the ovaries or uterus.
One Saturday night this summer, a foreigner fainted and fell to the floor of a Shanghai subway car.
The passengers around him scattered. Not a single person tried to help.
When the train arrived at the next station, hundreds rushed out, nearly trampling each other.
The incident was captured on closed-circuit cameras. Tens of millions in China have now seen the images, which have rekindled a long-running debate among Chinese about their national character as well as trust and fear in modern society.