BioMichael Mangold M.D. is a doctor, educator, and father of many. After graduating from Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/ Chicago Medical in 1990, he embarked on a 23 year career in primary care medicine including 15 years as an Emergency Physician. His medical interests include wilderness and travel medicine, addictionology, and trauma psychology. Recently, he has turned his attentions to education and and teaching students through the internet.
Winding down his career as an ER physician, Dr. Mangold went to Nicaragua in 2013 to teach medical English to the med students in Puerto Cabezas. His plans changed though, when the medical director of the school could not obtain funding so he was forced to look for other sources of income in Managua first, then San Juan del Sur, his adopted home. While in SJdS, Dr. Mangold published three eBooks: "How to Think Like a Doctor," "Cómo Pensar Como un Doctor," and "Barefoot Doctors." He wrote all three with the intention of bringing quality medical knowledge and practice to underserved areas of the world.
His mission was cut short over the Thanksgiving weekend that year when he was mugged five times that Thursday and Friday night. By the fifth mugging he was left for dead. Why would any sane gringo be out after dark in a large Central American city? He was trying to find his son Ben, who (as he later found out) was being hidden by the American embassy there. Find the full story in his book, "My Worst Thanksgiving Ever" and its prequel, "Mythomania: A Psychodrama."
"Desperately Seeking Cereal" is the sequel to “Worst Thanksgiving.” It is the fourth installment in his “Bridges Series” and it documents events that occurred around the holiday season in and around León, Nicaragua. He is concurrently writing a screenplay, Elkton Rules: the Little Prison That Thought it Could
Dr. Mangold’s main emphasis these days is in democratizing Medicine: bringing the knowledge and wisdom of this science and art into the hands of everyone who can use them. For after all, (as Dr. Paul Farmer says) “this could be very simple: the well should take care of the sick.”
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