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B. D. Colen
B. D. Colen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former medical writer, editor, and columnist for the Washington Post and Newsday, who teaches science journalism and documentary photography at MIT. Colen pioneered the coverage of bioethics in the main stream media, covered the AIDS epidemic from its recognized beginning in 1981, and has written numerous books on medically related subjects.

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Entries by B. D. Colen

Coerced Consent

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 2:28 PM

As I think about my work this past year in Liberia and Haiti, I am reminded of these thoughts I included in a Reporter's Notebook that I wrote for Newsday after returning from having covered the famine in Somalia in 1993. It strikes me that what I wrote then is...

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There's Nothing Domestic About Domestic Assault

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Having read only the tiniest fraction of the endless pontification about professional football thug Ray Rice's brutalization of his wife and the National Football League's handling of it, I am going to stick my neck out and make a bold pronouncement:

All the commentary thus far has missed...

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Ferguson -- The Return of the Chickens

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:45 AM

Port-au-Prince -- From here in the nation birthed by the world's only successful slave revolt, watching and reading about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, is far beyond bizarre. Yet the parallels between this African country in the Caribbean and it's history, and the history of Ferguson and countless...

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Another Letter from Monrovia - Life in the Time of Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM

As the state of Liberia crumbles in almost every way, Michael and Yvonne Weah and their fellow Liberians struggle on. But I'll let Mike tell you what life is now like in Monrovia, the city named for U. S. President James Monroe:

"Today is another wet day in Monrovia. It...

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Letter From Monrovia -- Life in the Time of Ebola

(22) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:15 PM

It's both astounding and embarrassing as an American to observe the grossly uninformed hysteria in this country over the transfer to highly controlled hospital isolation units in New York and Atlanta of two Americans with Ebola, while entire nations in West Africa are seemingly falling apart. Would that the same...

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Life in the Time of Ebola

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:52 PM

The following is a single question, and answer, from an email interview I did with Mohammed Foboi, a 24-year-old Liberian university student who attended a workshop I co-taught in Liberia this past January. He hopes to one day be a journalist. It is obvious from his answer that he already...

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Putting a Face on Ebola

(7) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 4:45 PM

This is Michael Weah, of Morovia, Liberia.
In his 60 years he, like most Liberians, has had to contend with realities most of us in the United States can not even comprehend. Thirty-four years ago, when he was 26, came...

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My Right Breast: A Man Facing a Breast Lump and Mammogram

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:52 PM

It began with an itch I just had to scratch. Doesn't every adventure begin that way?

I was lying in bed reading on a Saturday evening, and without even looking I idly scratched a spot on the right side of my chest -- at that point I had a chest,...

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