Second Opinions

Essays and opinions from our readers, always thought-provoking, sometimes controversial

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There's No Anki Card for Empathy

Socioeconomic diversity among doctors can improve patient care

July 3, 2023
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Why Isn't Buprenorphine Available at All Pharmacies?

More access to this life-saving medication is essential

July 2, 2023
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To Fight the Gun Epidemic, Think Like a Parent

Healthcare professionals know the first step to wellness begins at home

July 1, 2023
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I Am a Physician Face of Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court's ruling hurts, but still I have hope

June 30, 2023
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The Next CDC Director Could Learn a Thing or Two From Warren Buffett

Restoring trust in the agency will require more than just science

June 27, 2023
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Without Early Detection, Fighting Dementia Is an Uphill Battle

A brief assessment in primary care can help identify patients most at risk

June 27, 2023
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One Year After Dobbs: Where Do We Go From Here?

We need policies that expand access to abortion care

June 26, 2023
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Clinicians Aren't Always to Blame for Medical Errors

Organizational culture plays a central role in patient safety

June 25, 2023
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The Dangerous Reality of Pregnancy in the U.S.

All states should offer 12-month postpartum Medicaid coverage

June 24, 2023
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Our Health Systems Aren't Ready for the Full Approval of Lecanemab

Screening, administration, and eligibility concerns remain

June 23, 2023
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From Doxxing to Doctor Death Threats

Online harassment of physicians and scientists goes beyond trolling

June 22, 2023
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When the Doctor-Patient Relationship Crosses the Line

Upholding trust, ethics, and patient rights

June 21, 2023
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Breathing New Life Into 'Body Donors'

To the most sincere gift I have ever received, I thank you

June 20, 2023
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I Never Asked Why the Bodies Kept Coming

An excerpt from Brian Williams' forthcoming book on racism, violence, and how we heal

June 19, 2023
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