Category Archives: Medicine

LUCID


This Monday’s Poem of the Week highlights the Faustian bargain of our most potent opioid drugs – assuaging pain at the price of obliterating consciousness and memory. LUCID You turn the knob of the old radio looking for a signal … Continue reading

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Advice For Those Who Wish To Become Physicians


Advice for Those Who Wish To Become Physicians When I was in undergraduate school, I wanted to be an oceanographer. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to three top ranked programs. Unfortunately, they were all private schools, and even … Continue reading

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Medical Humor


Awash with tragedy (figuratively and literally) in the news, I felt we could all do with a bit of humor. Here it is: MEDICAL TERMS FOR THE LAY PUBLIC (A-H) Doctors spend the first part of their education learning an … Continue reading

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Morning Glory


Welcome back to Poetry Monday. Heat waves are driving everyone on the West Coast to seek relief from the oppressive sizzle outside. Hope today’s poem offers some comfort to my readers. Be well. MORNING GLORY How blessed is this scourge … Continue reading

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Hospice: Fear, Need, and Benefits


“Somehow, in my case, I always thought they would make an exception.” – Epitaph on a tombstone in Philadelphia Allow me to express my bias at the outset – I am a believer in the hospice movement.  Unfortunately, there is … Continue reading

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The Healing Touch


Truth be told, we doctors don’t cure very many people. While we often take credit for the healing powers given to our bodies by nature, many maladies will get better with tincture of time, while others will progress to worse … Continue reading

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Careers and Life


Medicine makes a lot of demands on those who chose to follow its calling. For most, the personal sacrifices are an unavoidable price that has to be paid. For others, the long hours provide an acceptable excuse for avoiding some … Continue reading

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream


Though I’m thankfully way past my student days, I still experience recurring dreams about school. I have an important exam to get to, I can’t remember a word of what I read in the textbook the night before, and I’ve … Continue reading

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Memento Mori


There was a time, no more than a few generations ago, when the concept of death was not as far removed from American lives as it has become today. It was a time when family members died at home instead … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me A Hero!


There recently appeared an article by Dike Drummond, M.D. in Medscape Magazine, in which he objected to the current vogue of calling doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals “heroes” and “saints”. Any profession in which the practitioner places his or … Continue reading

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