“Don’t worry, at least we will die together!”

Jerusalem, photo © David Hilden

Hi, friends!

In this post I simply want to invite you to read an essay I wrote which was recently published in a journal I admire.  Called Intima: a journal of narrative medicine, it is a literary place where medicine is explored through story, narrative non-fiction, and art.

My piece is called “Don’t worry, at least we will die together” and is an account of an experience I had back in 2015 while in Jerusalem.

In addition to reading my piece, I hope you will explore Intima and immerse yourself in any of the outstanding works that were submitted.  The journal, which originated at Columbia University in 2010, is a treasure that I hope many of you will come to know.

I haven’t posted much about my interest in Middle East issues, so I’ll give you just a bit of background.  If you do nothing else, please click on the Intima logo above and check out my essay.   For just a little more on my experience, keep reading.

I have traveled to Israel and Palestine on three occasions –  in 2009, 2012, and 2015 for a combined period of about 8 weeks.   My experiences there have been to explore health care in that region, and specifically I have taken away some thoughts about how health care can be an area of our common humanity in an area so torn with strife and conflict.


Jerusalem, photo © David Hilden

I’ve given several lectures and workshops on this topic, and I remain passionate about Middle East issues.  Even from my remote outsider status here in Minnesota, I have lots of friends and contacts whom I respect a great deal who live in Israel and Palestine.  If there is any interest among you, my Healthy Matters community, I’d be happy to post more about my Middle East perspectives.  Just leave me a comment in the section below.

For now, I invite you to read my essay by clicking here or on the logo above.  If you read the editor’s opening comments, my piece is highlighted about halfway down on the front page.  Then click on the Spring 2017 issue and my essay is in the Field Notes section.

I welcome your thoughts after reading the piece in the comments/reply section below.

Olive trees, photo © David Hilden



Thanks for reading this.




4 thoughts on ““Don’t worry, at least we will die together!”

  1. Just read your article….At Least We Will Die Together….excellent! It is being printed, even as we speak, for my son (who should’ve been a doctor) and my nephew (who is). Thanks for letting me learn that we really are all the same, no matter where we live.

  2. Thanks so much, Mary, for reading my piece and sharing it. I’m glad you found it worthwhile! David

  3. Wow that’s a complicated one, Dave! Probably couldn’t do the subject justice here on the blog. I am in favoring of pressuring governments (including Israel, including the USA, including the Palestinian authorities) to pursue policies of justice. And when they don’t, I speak up! But the BDS movement, as a specific vehicle for doing this, is not something I am familiar enough with to make a judgment. I know many consider BDS to be an anti-Semitic and thus inappropriate response, while others see it as a legitimate way to pursue change in the region. I’m just not expert enough to know or able to communicate in this forum. But it is a conversation worth having! Thanks, David.

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