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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

'To The Teeth' A Social Justice Medical Blog

I have just found this excellent blog ‘To the teeth’ at

To the Teeth describes itself as a weblog devoted to issues of health justice, medicine public and private, race in America, public health in its broadest sense, globalization, innovations, and honest discussions around strategies in advocacy.

It is firmly based in pragmatic principles of social justice, by people who are putting these ideas into practice: Andru Ziwasimon, is a family medicine doctor in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a lead member in a powerful coalition to address health care access and disparities locally. He is currently building his own fair and just medical clinic from scratch.

Ziwasimon believes that Western systems of healthcare are corrupt in their values, which are founded on financial rather than human priorities.

The other author is Anjali Taneja, a 4th year medical student in New Jersey, and 2003-2004 Jack Rutledge Fellow for Universal Health Care and Eliminating Health Disparities at the American Medical Student Association. She's also a DJ/producer, and member of the mutiny dj crew of hiphop and drumnbass heads.

Their blog is an exciting mix of news about putting ideals into action, of questioning of the value base of US society, and of poetry and inspirational writing from a people's rather than a corporate perspective.

It is heartening to read about individuals trying to build a different kind of community-based, grassroots healthcare based on principles of social justice rather than the profit motive. This is one blog I will be revisiting regularly.


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