Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Introducing: Daniel Goldberg

Please give a hearty Law and Letters welcome to Daniel Goldberg of the excellent MedHumanities Blog. In case you are wondering, the patron saint of the MHWeblog is Montaigne. Daniel does not actually look like that

Daniel Goldberg was raised in Chicago and Miami. To me, this explains his urbane sensibility accompanied by ghetto fabulousness. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the University of Houston (specializing in health law & bioethics). Daniel practiced hospital & pharmaceutical litigation before returning to school to pursue a Ph.D in medical humanities at University of Texas Medical Branch. His work concerns ethics, policy, and the history of medicine and public health.

Daniel is currently a policy fellow at an academic medical center. A typical fox, he's interested in lots of different things, but is particularly interested in: chronic disease & public health policy, social determinants of health, pain and pain management, disability studies, conflicts of interest in research and practice, and spirituality and medicine.

Congratulate Daniel, for he is a happy husband and new father to a lovely baby girl, who within five hours of her birth already knew Latin and French and rejected five of the most suitable bachelors in the hospital nursery.

Random facts: Daniel digs lassical, country, blues, rap, classic rock, trip-hop, world music (African, Scandinavian, Middle Eastern, South Asian), pre 1960s jazz, etc. Feel free to pick at his tastes. He is also into fantasy and historical fiction, and awesome 1980s-1990s cartoons like Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes. Word!

He is a self-admitted geek, although we as reasonably intelligent people with minimum reading skills could have surmised that from the above. Otherwise he is one wild and crazy epicurean and oenophile. This is very bourgie of him, yes. Don't be a hater.

Daniel Goldberg loves Texas. Don't mess with him. Don't mess with Texas. Otherwise you will get a boot in the ass so fast you won't have time to say "Remember the Alamo!" This is the mark of a transplant, who needs to overcompensate for his lack of nativity. But I envy him his ability to sing "All My Exes Live In Texas" and maybe, just maybe, mean it literally.

Daniel might blog on any of the above, or none of it. He can blog on anything he wants, for however long he wants. Why? Because you don't mess with Texas.


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