Philip Lederer MD

Philip Lederer

Philip Lederer MD is an infectious diseases doctor, former CDC disease detective, writer, fiddler/violinist, runner, and Dad.

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"He would be critiquing an immoral economy which spends trillions on war and nuclear weapons but can’t find the resources to fund health and education— addiction treatment, health care for pregnant women, pre-kindergarten programs, and our public schools, parks, and libraries." (Photo: CWA/Local 7076) Views
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed on Freedom
My patient, a pregnant young woman, lay in her hospital bed breathing quickly and moaning. For years she had suffered from mental illness and addiction, and now was desperately ill with MRSA endocarditis, a bacterial infection of her heart. As I examined her, listening with my stethoscope, I...
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Sunday, February 11, 2018
We Shall Overcome
It was a frigid Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston. Outside, snow drifts were piling up next to Dorchester Bay, but inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, my wife, 3-year-old son, and I sat comfortably on an auditorium floor. The room was filled with a multicultural group of...
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"To save the heart and soul of our democracy, America needs a radical revolution of values." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Notes From the Burn Intensive Care Unit
My patient “Julia” was suffering. She had been severely burned in a house fire and could not move or speak. Bandages covered her skin grafts, her face was swollen beyond recognition, and her eyes were taped shut. We gave her antibiotics and antifungals and she clung to life. Julia had been working...
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The Costs of War project at Brown University documented that the U.S. federal government has spent or obligated $4.8 trillion dollars on wars in the Middle East. Most Americans are not aware of that enormous waste of money and human lives. Professor Andrew Bacevich has argued that our military is on autopilot and these foreign wars are not putting Americans first. Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival
The mass meeting at Boston’s historic Trinity Church on October 19 was packed with men, women, and children, rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities. The jazz band warmed up, a piano, bass guitar, and drums. And we sang, call and response: Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom I...
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