For Yale physicians and medical students, a few weeks at Mulago Hospital in Kampala become a life-changing experience.
In the infectious disease ward at Mulago Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, a woman in her early 20s lies on a bed with only a thin sheet to ward off the morning chill. Alone, suffering from complications from AIDS, her few possessions in a cardboard box at her bedside, she has no family to bathe her, bring her food or give her medicine. These are what doctors here call poor “blanket signs.” The mere presence—or absence—of a blanket speaks volumes.
First as student and teacher, then as colleagues, and now as co-authors, a cardiothoracic surgeon and a cardiologist have worked side by side at Yale for 30 years. John Elefteriades, head of cardiothoracic surgery, and Lawrence Cohen, the former special assistant to the dean, recently published Your Heart: An Owner’s Guide, which explains cardiac problems and how to treat them.
John Elefteriades and Larry Cohen have worked together at Yale for 30 years, as student and mentor, as colleagues and, most recently, as co-authors of a book about the heart.