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Yahoo News

Since the 1600s, Boston has been the unofficial capital of New England — and, at times, the nation. Now healthcare advocates for the homeless believe it's time for the City on a Hill to lead the way in combatting a new scourge making alarming inroads in even small-town America: opiate addiction.

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The Boston Globe

So it turns out that, as was feared, Melvin, the homeless guy who was a fixture in Kenmore Square for more than 30 years, has died.

Melvin died of an apparent heroin overdose Oct. 16 in a park next to the Fenway Victory Garden, a half mile from his familiar perch on the stoop of the derelict West Gate building.

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Crux

Thanksgiving season is the time of year when many of us pitch in to help the homeless.

Dr. Jim O’Connell and his team of doctors and nurses will still be helping them next week and the week after that.

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The Boston Globe

Four years ago, when she was a freshman at Boston University, Sarah Kapica would avert her eyes as she walked past the man who sat, wrapped in a blanket, in the doorway of an abandoned apartment building in Kenmore Square.

She had grown up in a nice family in a nice house in a nice suburb, and the scruffy homeless man made her uncomfortable.

But something changed her sophomore year. Something gnawed at her as she crossed the intersection at Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, pushing her inexorably toward the sunken man huddled in the doorway.

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BU Research

“After four years of medical school and three years of residency, I had thought my training was finally over,” writes O’Connell in his memoir Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor. “My education in homelessness and poverty was just beginning.” BU Research spoke to O’Connell about slowing down, opening up, and how losing his stethoscope made him a better doctor.

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Harvard Medical Magazine

For the past three decades, James O’Connell ’82 has spent his days, and often his nights, bringing health care to Boston’s homeless population. As the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, O’Connell practices medicine among those who are often overlooked. He was seeking such a purpose when, at age 30, he arrived at HMS, eager to learn and to find his place in medicine.

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WGBH

Dr. Jim O’Connell has been providing medical attention to homeless people around Boston for the last 30 years. Dr. O’Connell was on Boston Public Radio Tuesday to discuss his new book, Stories From the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor.

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CBS News

Dr. James O’Connell has been called by some the “Saint of Boston.”

He co-founded the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in the 1980s, and it has since become the largest free-standing treatment center for the homeless in the country.

O’Connell, who is also an assistant professor at Harvard University, is now out with a new memoir, Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor. In it, he describes his nearly three decades of treating our city’s most vulnerable.

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NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross

As a doctor who provides medical care to Boston's homeless population, James O'Connell and his colleagues are used to working in unusual locations. "We are basically visiting them in their homes, which are often under bridges, down back alleyways [and] on park benches," O'Connell tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's been an education for us over these years."

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WBUR Radio Boston

The man known as “Boston’s doctor to the homeless” has spent 30 years offering hot coffee, warm blankets and medical care to souls left on the streets.

Now, Dr. Jim O’Connell, co-founder and president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, has written a book of essays about his experiences, Stories from the Shadows.

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