The Excitable Scientist

Mostly cheerful, sometimes snarky commentary on life science research and its broader impacts

Trailing Clouds February 5, 2015

Filed under: life outside the lab,medschool,social justice — excitablescientist @ 12:24 am

Today’s edition of our medical humanities class was one of the most special (and emotional) lectures I have attended in med school thus far. It was on prison health, which has increasingly been on my mind, for reasons I’ll leave for another post (but, briefly, including Marissa Alexander, Raif BadawiBaher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste, among countless other people imprisoned without just cause, a reality to which I feel screaming is the only appropriate response)

Our small group had a chance to talk to a previously incarcerated woman about her experiences with the health care system, and at the end of the day I had the special opportunity to meet her beautiful baby. Being a witness to this ubiquitous yet extraordinary mother-child bond and the incredible renewal of life it represents brought to mind a memorable line from a memorable sermon (Jan. 11th) by Rev. Dan Chambers:

A baby is received into the world still trailing clouds of glory, with eternity shining in her eyes. 

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Photo from Flickr user Dennis Amith, used under CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

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