My name is Landon Roussel, and I am a doctor, writer and, most importantly, a husband and father of two. I created this site as a place to post all of my writings that have been published. I’ve always loved to write, even beginning my first novel when I was twelve. I first began to write for publication about ten years ago as a medical student. My essays then focused on my medical education, which I found to be often times overly technical and algorithmic. I chose to become a doctor after being inspired by my paternal grandfather, a writer, as medicine offered me the opportunity to come in close contact with a breadth of human experiences. Writing about my medical education helped me find a balance in my training to become part of a profession that I believe is now at risk of becoming over-powered by technocracy. I have since taken up writing about other topics including the Way of St James (El Camino de Santiago), a pilgrimage across Spain where my wife and I spent our first months of marriage and where my brother and I found much needed healing (on a separate occasion) after being estranged by his drug abuse and imprisonment; and direct primary care (DPC), a low-cost subscription based model of delivering primary care much more affordably and sustainably than the current insurance-based model that predominates in US medical care.
While seemingly diverse topics, the general theme of my writing focuses on community building. As the world gets bigger, so to have opportunities for people to connect multiplied. Writing can help foster the human family growing closer together. Hence the slogan, “writing to make a big world smaller.”
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