Rachel Pearson

Rachel Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., is a native Texan and a pediatrics resident. She wrote No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine.

By Rachel Pearson:


Women’s Work

by | Wed, May 30, 2018 at 8:00 am CST
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Health Care

As a Doctor, I’m Sick of All The Health Care Freeloaders

I work in a clinic where the vast majority of my patients are on government-funded health care and have never worked a day in their lives.

I used to believe that everyone deserved health care. Now, I work in a clinic where the vast majority of my patients are on government-funded health care. I have learned that the stereotypes about these people are true: Most of … Read More


We Were the Safety Net

From Rachel Pearson's "No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming of Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine," this excerpt is featured in our April issue.

We Were the Safety Net As a medical student in Galveston, Rachel Pearson learned as much in her work at St. Vincent’s, a student-run charity clinic, as in any of her classes. In this excerpt from her new memoir, Pearson … Read More

Robert Lewis Dear allegedly attacked a Colorado Planned Parenthood last month,
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‘Baby Body Parts’ Video is a Misleading Distraction

In response to a video released Tuesday by anti-abortion activist group the Center for Medical Progress, Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to investigate what he calls “the harvesting of baby body parts.” The videomakers’ claim that Planned Parenthood uses abortion to illegally “sell baby parts” is a misleading distraction from real issues of justice in medical research and care. Read More

Ebola virus
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Quarantining Compassion

Texas Ebola policy may hamper efforts to fight the disease.

The Texas policy of subjecting returning doctors and nurses to unnecessary quarantines for Ebola may discourage them from going abroad in the first place. Read More

St. Vincent's Student-Run Free Clinic
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Texas’ Other Death Penalty

A Galveston medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net.

A Galveston medical student comes to grips with a healthcare system in which her patients die from treatable conditions. Read More