… and I am quite sure I am the only one who noticed.
Here is what should have been yesterday’s update:
60 Minutes and Medical Tourism Part 2
And yesterday’s update, of course, should have come today:
Vignettes … Didi, Fabio … Part 3
I fixed the internal navigation of the site. And if I haven’t mentioned it before — I will be wildly grateful to anyone who points out any technical or factual errors I might make in the course of publishing the text of Beauty from Afar.
The 60 Minutes show in 2005 that featured Bumrungrad International hospital in Thailand did much to legitimize medical tourism in the United States. It spurred more serious journalistic coverage of the subject and, thereafter, people who went abroad for medical care were treated with a little more respect.
It also got the attention of my publisher, which asked me if I could write Beauty from Afar faster than I had agreed. By contract, I owed them the book in January 2006. After some hemming and hawing and looking at the calendar, I said I could turn it in by October 2005.
It was April 2005 at this point. I was saying, “Sure, I can write this in six months.” And I did.