An Open Door in Gaza

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By James S. Gordon MD The first day’s meeting with our Gaza leadership team opens the door, actually frames the whole visit. There’s Jamil—our Program Director, and nineteen others—psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers. They have day jobs in Gaza’s ministries, at the UN, and in the red crescent, and a variety of local NGOs. Many have been with us since 2005 … Read More

Coming Together at CancerGuides Israel

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By James S. Gordon MD People with cancer often come to me with a central question: “What else can I do?” This has two parts: What other therapies are available than the ones my oncologist prescribed? And, second, what can I do? How can I participate actively in my own care? For Israelis and Palestinians, this question is fundamental. Israelis, like Americans, are faced with a … Read More

Letters the NY Times Didn’t Print: About Liberty

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By James S. Gordon MD Kurt Andersen (“The Downside of Liberty,” New York Times.com, 7/4/12) writes that because of the “do your own thing” ethos of the 1960’s, “we are all shamelessly selfish.” Anderson misreads the character and is insensitive to the spirit of those times, which my friends and I, and millions of other young people, lived through and were … Read More

Day 5: Images of Our Time Together

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By James S. Gordon MD So much happens to all of us in the Jacmel training as we go deeper, become more aware, take chances, and connect over five days. Our faculty faces fears of not performing well, of not sleeping at night, and of missing what is muffled in translation. We take the chance of feeling our uncertainty of daily … Read More

In Jacmel: The Missing Twin

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By James S. Gordon MD The loss of life here in Jacmel is far less than in Port-au-Prince but the burden is still heavy. There are of course the ordinary deaths that come with age, and the losses of younger people cut down by accident, sudden illness, or murder. And in the background for everyone in this coastal city, and all … Read More