The bitter pill is by a doctor-with-a-pen, owner-of-a-cat, a physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He cares deeply about the patients he sees and the world he lives in. He doodles to reflect and to give voice to those around him; his patients, his fellow healthcare professionals and his community at large. He also loves writing in the third-person, like totally.

Great, enough of that. I don’t deny that I’m a social liberal, and have been for at least 20 years. But I didnt grow up that way. Formative experiences in Baltimore and DC helped shape my understanding of race, history and socioeconomics; living abroad gave me perspective on what makes America special and how lucky we all are; time in SF made me feel like a total moderate; and spending time in west-Texas made me appreciate how different and great the country is and how easy it is to live in a bubble of like-mindedness (and how hard it is when you are outside of that bubble). Just as unavoidable are my experiences growing up a different color and a child-of-immigrants: often stereotyped and never quite ‘American’ enough (though born in Texas).

What all of that has taught me is that it is our experiences (often shaped by our community and geography) shape our opinions. These cartoons are from mine; opinions from growing up around the world and from within the healthcare field, from a doctor who just wants to be able to take care of his patients.