Aaron Rothstein

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Aaron Rothstein, M.D., is an EPPC fellow in the Bioethics and American Democracy Program and an attending neurovascular physician and neuroepidemiologist. He completed his neurovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and his residency in neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University and his M.D. from the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

In addition to his duties, Aaron hosts the EPPC podcast Searching for Medicine’s Soul, which explores key themes in the relationship between human flourishing and the medical field.

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Aaron Rothstein, M.D., is an EPPC fellow in the Bioethics and American Democracy Program and an attending neurovascular physician and neuroepidemiologist. He completed his neurovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and his residency in neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University and his M.D. from the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

In addition to his duties, Aaron hosts the EPPC podcast Searching for Medicine’s Soul, which explores key themes in the relationship between human flourishing and the medical field.

From 2014–2021 he was the author of the New Atlantis blog “Practicing Medicine,” which focused on the inner workings of the field of medicine and its theoretical, practical, and ethical complexities. He has also written essays and criticism for the New AtlantisPublic Discourse, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, and Commentary.

You can follow him on Twitter @aaronrothstein.

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An Open Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra on Ending the Covid-19 Public Health “Emergency”

Ryan T. Anderson

Human flourishing requires both public health and individual liberty and an appropriate balance between these goods when they conflict. We know that human beings flourish in community; we are social by nature. As such, we should not be surprised that government Covid-19 regulations mandating school closures, lockdowns, masking, and vaccination have isolated us from our fellow citizens and imposed significant attendant harms. It is time to declare this emergency over and once again let people take responsibility for themselves.

Public Discourse / March 18, 2022

Little Data, Big Headlines

Aaron Rothstein

On overinterpreting Covid studies for clicks

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The New Atlantis / September 8, 2021

Covid-19 and the Erosion of Civic Trust

Aaron Rothstein

The American public deserves the truth, even if it is not as favorable or definitive as we would hope. If our policy leaders and scientists cannot put their faith in us with all our faults and shortcomings, why ought we put our faith in them with all their faults and shortcomings?

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Public Discourse / December 15, 2020

A Passover in Self-Imposed Exile

Aaron Rothstein

A doctor spends Passover in East Africa, surrounded by disease and suffering, and reflects on the tenuous balance between order and disorder, exodus and return

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Tablet / April 23, 2019

Why the Hippocratic Oath Still Matters

Aaron Rothstein

The Hippocratic Oath offers physicians of any generation guidelines, proscriptions, and prescriptions about how to be a good physician. We may not agree with all of its conclusions, but if we unthinkingly dismiss them, we do so at our own peril.

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Public Discourse / June 11, 2018

Dazzling Dendrites

Aaron Rothstein

The importance of these two discoveries cannot be overstated. Treatments available for seizures, autoimmune diseases, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and more depend on the synapses between neurons; drugs act on receptors and chemicals in this space.

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The Weekly Standard / March 16, 2018

Why the Humanities Matter

Aaron Rothstein

According to the Greeks, philosophy, literature, and history, also known as the humanities, played a role in clarifying those limits. And they forced citizens of Greece to ponder and discuss the question which would bring such clarification: what makes us human?

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Bellevue: The Best and the Worst of America

Aaron Rothstein

Bellevue reflects the worst and the best not just of its disadvantaged patients, its physicians, and its students, but of the American democratic project.

Public Discourse / April 7, 2017

Toward a More Human Medicine

Aaron Rothstein

More patient autonomy means higher demand for quality health care. More data from scientific studies and further efforts within hospitals to promote quality care means patients and physicians can make the right decisions and expect the right outcomes.

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The New Atlantis / March 22, 2017

Psychology at Nuremberg

Aaron Rothstein

With Rorschach results and interview notes in hand, did Kelley and Gilbert solve the enigma of Nazi pathology, or, at least, provide the materials for such a solution? Or, to put the question even more modestly, what did their investigations teach us about what Dimsdale calls “the anatomy of malice”? 

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Jewish Review of Books / November 22, 2016

All Death is Death Without Dignity

Aaron Rothstein

Advocates for “death with dignity” seem to deny reality, since no human death is truly dignified—even if a person chooses or accepts it. Instead, what ultimately gives death dignity is the kind of life that preceded it.

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Public Discourse / September 23, 2016

Vaccines and Their Critics, Then and Now

Aaron Rothstein

Why skeptics believe what they believe

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The New Atlantis / November 22, 2015