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2020/05 - A Vigilante in Statistical Badlands by Anish Koka, MD - Something didn’t seem right to
epidemiologist Eric Weinhandl when he glanced at an article published in the venerated Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA). Most revealing when the facts were known, the
academic hierarchy is frequently established not by the bubbling of the best ideas and evidence to
the top, but by discrediting those with opinions that don’t come from the academic cabal.
2020/05 - Testing Won't get Us Where We Need to Go - The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking
havoc, we are told, because the nation is not testing enough. The consensus from a diverse
group that includes public health experts, economists, and silicon valley investors is that more
testing will allow the country to restart the economy and do it safely. Unfortunately, simple math
shows this to be an unrealistic solution.
2020/04 - Beware the COVID-tech Cowboys by Hugh Harvey, MBBS, The COVID-19 pandemic is
categorically not a black swan event. Black swans are by definition unknowable and
unpredictable. In contrast, a global viral pandemic was predicted by scientists decades before,
from the potential impact, right down to the source of the virus.
2020/04 - Lessons from Zika in the Era of COVID-19 by Chadi Nabhan, MD, The WHO and CDC
reaction to the Zika epidemic should have been a lesson. Unfortunately, we failed to learn from the
mistakes of the past in handling today’s pandemic.
2020/04 - The COVID Pandemic: WHO Dunnit? by Anish Koka, MD, The failure of the responsible
institutions will hopefully not fade from memory anytime soon. If we are to avoid the next pandemic,
it will be because we listen to those at the coalface and ignore the empty suits from Geneva and
their even emptier proclamations.
2020/04 - False Negative: Testing’s Catch-22 - It is better to mistake the man flu for coronavirus
than coronavirus for the man flu. All we have to do is hunker down, which is what we should all be
doing as much as we can.
2020/04 - Pandemics Are the Mother of Invention - If, as they say, necessity is the mother of
invention, then you’d have to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be the mother of
invention and innovation.
2020/03 - American Primary Care and My Soviet Era Class Trip: Sensing the Inevitable Collapse of
a Top Down Bureaucracy
2020/03 - What is Socialism? Since a leading contender for the Democratic presidential
nomination has endorsed it, since most of his opponents have refused to denounce it, and since a
majority of young people appear to approve of it, now is a good time to ask: what exactly is
2020/02 - The Dangers in Nationalizing Health Care - By now it should be clear to everyone that
“Medicare for All” doesn’t really mean Medicare for all. In fact, it means getting rid of every health
plan Americans know and are comfortable with and creating an entirely new, government-run
health care system.
2020/01 - What The Left Doesn’t Understand About Health Care Prices - In just about every
critique of the U.S. health care system, the subject of prices is front and center. See for example, It’
s the Prices Stupid: Why the United States Is So Different from Other Countries and the more
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