When I was in grad school I had the pleasure of being taught by an exceptional teacher. Not only was he talented in the practice of Chinese medicine, he was adamant about breaking down the barriers to people getting the treatment they needed. In service of this passion he left his comfortable career as an acupuncturist and enrolled himself in medical school, taking on all of the work and risks therein. His ultimate goal was to be able to offer group health visits to patients, thus saving time and money, and creating a community of people unified in their pursuit of a similar goal. Getting healthier. Together.
Group health is not a new concept. Humans are obligate social creatures. We survive best in healthy a