Biomedical ethics

Early on January 27, 2018, The Most Interesting Man in the World passed away at the age of 91.

No, I'm not speaking of Jonathan Goldsmith, the guy who just pretended to be The Most Interesting Man in the World. I'm speaking of the real deal, my grandfather, Dimitri Berezow -- a man who survived Stalin and Hitler, cheated death on multiple occasions, and went on to live the American dream.

His was an impossibly unique story – one that seems too extraordinary to be true (and yet is) -- capped with a cautionary tale about modern healthcare.

Living Free in Stalin's Russia

For many people, including my Ukrainian grandmother, life in the Soviet Union was hell. To break...

elabbenchThe 1918 influenza pandemic indiscriminately ravaged approximately 50 million lives, of all ages and nationalities (indeed, it killed more people than all those lost to combat in WWI). The course of the pandemic was an enigma as infections targeted healthy adults instead of the usual demographic: the very young, the elderly, and the ill. After almost a century, scientists and experts continue to unravel the mysterious potency behind the 1918 strain of influenza.

Fundamental questions such as the origin of the virus and the root of its lethality are still debated today. Among the scientists addressing this subject is...