Humanity’s biggest mistake.

For the longest time in human history, women were widely regarded as the property of men. First owned by their fathers, the ownership of a woman was to then be passed down to a suitable (for the family, of course, not necessarily the woman herself) husband. Even though a great deal of the old patriarchal structures still exist in most countries, deeply misogynistic attitudes festering just under the surface, the concept of owning a woman — either as a daughter or a wife — has been fiercely fought against and essentially abandoned in many of the modern world’s societies.


What the data says, over a year after the first pandemic wave.

It is by now well-known that Sweden has made some distinctly different decisions in handling the Covid-19 pandemic, compared to most other countries around the world. The debate around whether Sweden’s strategy is effective or a failure has been raging since March 2020 and it is still ongoing. As a medical doctor working in the country, I have argued that Sweden’s strategy made sense to begin with and that despite its failures, it seemed to be working a few months into the pandemic.

Despite the controversy especially the later piece caused, I still stand by my opinions at the time…

Ignore it.

Fighting Fake News: A woman typing on a laptop next to a stethoscope.
Fighting Fake News: A woman typing on a laptop next to a stethoscope.
Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

How many times have I felt the responsibility as a medical doctor, as a scientist, to interject in a discussion — either face to face or on social media — and attempt to set the facts straight? How many times have I tried to convince vocal proponents of ridiculous theories and alternative facts, like homeopathy’s water memory, the flatness of our planet or the current set of viral fake news, that they are (to be a little blunt) spouting nonsense? Too many to count.

We all know of course that uncontrollable spread of fake news has become a persistent problem…

A harsh truth coming to the forefront because of the coronavirus.

During the last few months, how many of you have with horror seen news stories about Intensive Care Units (ICUs) having to prioritize CoViD-19 patients in need of respirator support? The actual headlines look more like “Older patients with coronavirus are not being treated in [insert hospital/country here]”, which sounds even more terrifying. When referring to Italy for example, this is indeed a troubling development which indicates that many healthcare systems have been inadequately prepared for such a wave of critically ill patients.

scPhoto by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

It is a scenario every hospital, city and country in the world works day and night to…

The question is not whether a particular set of measures is virtuous. It is whether it is effective and how it could become more effective i.e. saving as many lives as possible, while costing as little for the society as possible. This is a very complex question that will take a lot of discussion and scientific research to try and answer. To make us better prepared for the inevitable next pandemic, which could be much much worse.

Making smarter decisions… like a poker player.

You wouldn’t think one might draw meaningful conclusions, much less life lessons, from a betting game such as poker. Yet Annie Duke, a fairly successful professional poker-player and a recognized author, has done just that and more with her book, “Thinking in Bets”. Through insightful reasoning and various practical examples, she offers a load of valuable advice on decision-making of all kinds, including in business, life, personal relationships and more. If you cannot possibly understand how all this would have to do with a card game like poker, I will do my best to explain.

Life is like a poker game. Pair of cards and chips. Ace and King.
Life is like a poker game. Pair of cards and chips. Ace and King.
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Is life like poker or chess?

The answer to this question…

A lesson the pandemic teaches us all over again.

It has been more than 50 years since Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. published her remarkable work on the way terminal patients experience death and how the people around them — family and friends, doctors and nurses — could understand and help in the process. Her book, called “On Death and Dying” is not remembered by most and her name is rarely mentioned nowadays.

A statue of a grieving wife on the bedside of her dying husband. Death and Grief.
A statue of a grieving wife on the bedside of her dying husband. Death and Grief.
Image by Gerson Rodriguez from Pixabay

But the stages she described dying patients going through, they definitively lived on. At some point, the 5 stages were applied to a much wider group of people: those in grief. Primarily, but not solely, for the ones…

The Achilles heel of most theological arguments that is easily overseen.

If you are even a little interested on questions around religion and the existence God, or lack thereof, you have probably witnessed, participated in, or come across some form of debate between believers and non-believers. These tend to be passionate, with various arguments thrown around, trying to definitively answer the million-dollar question:

Does God exist?

Faith in God, John 3.20, The Bible
Faith in God, John 3.20, The Bible
Photo by James Coleman on Unsplash

I have to admit, I’m always taking one side in such discussions. That of the non-believers. In my opinion, any attempts believers make to logically “prove” the existence of God are ultimately futile. I can accept a proclamation of faith that is consciously based on…

What It Chapter 2 got totally wrong.

When it comes to watching movie adaptations of beloved novels, I’m sure I’m not the first nor the last bookworm who’s learnt to have low expectations… the hard way.

I have come to conclude that it’s by definition impossible to fit a whole book into a movie. To fit the narrative depth, the character development and the complex themes that unfold through hundreds of pages of a novel into a 2-hour film. Leaving out secondary characters, flashbacks and side-stories that are not essential to the plot is practically unavoidable, when transitioning from a book to a film. And that makes…

People around the world are holding their breath, regardless of skin color.

Protests about racial injustice, Black Lives Matter movement.
Protests about racial injustice, Black Lives Matter movement.
Photo by frankie cordoba on Unsplash

The counterproductive nature of punishment and mass incarceration against violence and crime is not by any means a new concept for me, but I had no idea that serious proposals around radically different approaches existed. I’m actually astonished to see such a conversation come into the mainstream, primarily pushed by the Black Lives Matter movement in response to George Floyd’s murder in the hands — or under the knees — of Minneapolis police officers. …

Yannis Georgiadis

MD | Pediatric Resident | Blogger

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