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Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 10.12.20
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

LOOKING SERI0USLY AT AMERICAN HEALTHCARE

The link below is to an hour podcast on Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior interviewing Timothy Snyder about his new book, Our Malady, Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary. They also get off into broader topics including, freedom, social responsibility, and politics.

https://podcastaddict.com/episode/113466584

[EDITOR'S NOTE] Amazon has the book. I'm reading the Kindle edition just now. You should get a copy our malady. I'm going to strongly recommend it to our family doctor here in Ontario.

As I have said before, Timothy Snyder is one of my favorite authors, especially his books on Central European history. The genesis of Our Malady is that in December 2019, Snyder fell gravely ill. Unable to stand, barely able to think, he waited for hours in an emergency room before being correctly diagnosed and rushed into surgery.

Over the next few days, as he fought to live, he found reflected on the fragility of health, not recognized in America as a human right but without which all rights and freedoms have no meaning.

That was before the pandemic during which we have seen American hospitals, long understaffed and undersupplied, buckling under waves of Covid-19 patients. The federal government made matters worse through willful ignorance, misinformation, and profiteering. Our system of commercial medicine failed the ultimate test, and thousands of Americans died.

In Our Malady, Snyder uses his own near-death experience to trace the societal forces that led us here and outlines the lessons necessary to survive. In examining some of the darkest moments of recent history and of his own life, Snyder finds glimmers of hope and principles that could lead us out of our current malaise.

Only by enshrining healthcare as a human right, elevating the authority of doctors and medical knowledge, and planning for our children's future can we create an America where everyone is truly free.

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