Selected Articles by Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese for Wall Street JournalAbraham Verghese’s voice has been published in major newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlantic and a variety of electronic media, such as National Public Radio, to name just a few.

New York Times
New York Times: October 9, 2012
The Doctor’s Bag for the New Millennium
When I was a medical student in Madras, India, in the late 1970s, my uncle, a retired physician, still made occasional house calls. In his early years he delivered babies in dimly lighted huts, often resorting to high forceps on the head – something that is rarely done now. His compounder – the man who would compound his prescription of mistura carminativa and dispense it in corked glass bottle – carried my undle’s medical bag. It was almost like a trunk – a mobile office.

New York Times: February 26, 2011
Treat the Patient, Not the CT Scan
The other day as I walked through a wing of my hospital, it occurred to me that Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, would be more at home here than he was on ‘Jeopardy!’ Perhaps it’s good, I thought, that his next challenge…

New York Times Magazine
New York Times: May 18, 2012
Going on Faith (Abraham Verghese recently went back to India to a place where he had enjoyed many happy visits with his grandparents during his youth.)
The morning I arrived in Trivandrum, the capital of the south Indian state of Kerala, I met my friend Vinita, a HIndu, who promoised to accompany me on a visit to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, a place that is generally off limits to nonbelievers…

Newsweek: March 6, 2011
A smart new book says social cures can solve the world’s problems
We are such creatures of habit that often nothing will sway us from a bad or even a self-destructive one. Or, as Tina Rosenberg says in her new book, Join the Club, “No amount of information can budge us when we refuse to be budged…

Washington Post
Washington Post: December 9, 2011
Abraham Verghese describes his writing life:
I write by stealing time. The hours in the day have never felt as if they belong to me. The greatest number has belonged to my day job as a physician and professor of medicine…

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