As many of you know, I began writing about my experiences treating people experiencing homelessness, the impoverished, and the severely mentally ill so others could understand the importance of advocating for these fellow humans. It’s my hope that by reading their stories, you will begin to see them as I do. If more people decide to take a stand to make a difference, and more doctors act as renegades, maybe our communities will begin to recognize the shared humanity of our most vulnerable citizens.
The book tells my story as well, from my first trips to Tijuana during high school, where I helped build houses and met an early mentor who introduced me to poverty medicine, through the stages of my medical career and how my personal philosophies about doctoring have been shaped by the patients I’ve encountered.
It’s my sincere hope that the book also opens some eyes about some facts about homelessness and mental illness – not only in our backyard – but around the world, and that we all take a stand to provide care for everyone in our society, no matter their circumstances, as if they were family.
As always, I appreciate your friendship and support, and for spreading the word about the book as the publication date (January 30, 2024!) approaches. Preorders are important to a book’s early reach, so click through to reserve your paperback copy or ebook today! And watch this space for news about upcoming book events, and more ways you can spread awareness.