A Short Introduction
Posted Wed, Oct 21, 2009

I will begin my first blog for Shalom Life by attending to the business of greetings, salutations, and introductions. Thereafter, as Mark Twain might have said the reader proceeds at his own risk.

I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Shalom Life on its inception and to wish it the best of success. The creation of a major publication let alone one with a worldwide distribution is no less than a major feat. I extend my kudos to Stephen Arbib for his courageousness and energy in pursuing so exciting and noble a passion. That this is a Jewish publication is even more of a blessing as Jewish scholars have a long tradition of examining and arguing the world in which we reside. Such an examination must present more than one point of view, especially those euphemistically called conservative or liberal goes without saying and I shall try to be true to attempt that as a goal.

Second I wish to extend my appreciation to Shalom Life for extending to me the opportunity to publish my views on an international stage which is considerably larger than any I have so far addressed.

Lastly, I wish to address who I am and how to I come to write a blog in a publication soon to become a trusted source of dissemination of news and opinions on a worldwide platform. A short history may be in order. I was raised in a Chicago version of a Jewish ghetto beginning with the end of WWII. The grandson of Lithuanian immigrants with decidedly leftist points of view I quickly adapted to those views until I finished medical school and switched to a decidedly conservative point of view in the cast of a Ronald Regan. Still later I vacillated into a social liberal and fiscal conservative until the present where I eschew all labels and am better criticized by my readers as hypocritical at best and clueless at worst. My own view is that I wish to act as a mirror and it is not my fault that when someone agrees with me they attribute my affiliations to their own and when they disagree with me they attach me to the villainous opposition.

I am a dermatologist and a dermatologic surgeon. For a brief time I studied immunology and for the past 19 years have functioned as a dermatologist and as a dermatologic cosmetic surgeon, a cosmetic surgeon for short. I began publishing a blog 3 years ago and subsequently my introduction to Stephen Arbib has provided the opportunity to publish here forthwith. I come to my expertise honorably regardless of my deficiencies as a writer and hence the name of the blog: Health, Beauty, and Politics. In addition to being a physician since 1970, I am a cancer survivor having survived pancreatic cancer in 2002 by the grace o f God. I greatly respect women and am especially attracted to their beauty, albeit reserve the right to tweak their eccentricities. Lately as I age I have come to appreciate the beauty in men, though I find it harder to see. Lastly I am a political animal and suffer from the wish to do moral good, much as that may be impossible to define.

So here we go. I hope this will be a fun ride full of thoughtful provocation and not a small amount of laughter.

Edward Lack
Edward Lack MD is a board certified dermatologist and a board certified dermatologic cosmetic surgeon. He is President and Medical Director of MetropolitanMD, a multispecialty cosmetic surgery center in Chicago,which is unique in having a double board certified cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, and a double board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Lack is also the Past President of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

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