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Potpourri

October 1st, 2017 · Comments Off on Potpourri · Uncategorized

I was 14 years old when JEOPARDY! first appeared on TV. I was a regular, and my favourite category, aside from Sports, was Potpourri. Today’s blog, after another sabbatical, is some potpourri. Travel medicine continues to be plagued by vaccine shortages… not just for yellow fever, but also typhoid, Twinrix (hepatitis A and B) and […]

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The Return of Stephen Harper

November 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Return of Stephen Harper · Uncategorized

“Stephen Harper….?” A slightly plump, though less-so than before (see previous post), silver-haired and somewhat green around the gills gentleman walked slowly into my office. “How was India, Mr. Prime Minister? I enjoyed the picture of you playing cricket over there. I assume you have returned unscathed, though something tells me I am mistaken.” “India […]

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Harper does Bangalore

November 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Harper does Bangalore · Uncategorized

“Stephen Harper?…” A slightly plump and silver-haired gentleman with glasses┬árose from the corner of my waiting room and followed me into my office. “This is quite an interesting office you have, Doctor Wise. Looks like you have been everywhere. Oh, there’s a picture of Mother Teresa on your wall. Did you meet her? And Romeo […]

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Ebola anyone?

August 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ebola anyone? · Uncategorized

Outbreaks of infectious disease come and go with regularity. They are not confined to far off exotic lands. Ask any Torontonian like me who lived through the SARS outbreak. The most recent outbreak in the news was an Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda. This CDC link will give you all the information about past and […]

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love in the time of Cuba, Castro and now cholera!

July 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on love in the time of Cuba, Castro and now cholera! · Uncategorized

I used to have a travel rule that I only visited a given destination once. But over the years, I have repeatedly broken this rule, by visiting Ghana twice, Haiti three times, Guatemala twice, and Cuba most recently for a third time. Granted each repeat trip does not always involve the same itinerary, the same […]

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

May 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel · Uncategorized

I am not an entertainment writer, but every once in awhile a movie intersects with the world of travel medicine, so hence a thumbs up for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is the colourful and moving story of a handful of diverse British retirees who relocate to the Indian city of Jaipur in search […]

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