Category Archives: The South

Religion Lite


I have family visiting with me, so I haven’t had much chance to write these days. This post was sent to me by a minister friend some time ago, so I’ll share it with you now to hopefully lighten the … Continue reading

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Pediatric Dilemma


Babies and small children are not miniature adults, and taking care of them is far from child’s play. After the machismo world of surgery, my pediatric rotation would introduce me to a much kinder and gentler group of physicians. It … Continue reading

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The Phi Chi House


My last two years in New Orleans I spent living at the Phi Chi house. An old gray stone mansion on St. Charles Street in the Garden District, the medical fraternity was home to a dozen Tulane upperclassmen. I had … Continue reading

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OB Should Not Have Been A Marathon


Few are the people not moved by witnessing their first delivery of a newborn into our world. With the possible exception of plastic surgery, OB represents the only interaction between a doctor and a patient where the patient looks forward … Continue reading

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The Voices You Hear


Tall, thin, with abundant wavy grey hair and piercing dark eyes, Dr. Robert Heath looked like the image of a mad scientist many claimed him to be. Chairman of the Tulane psychiatry department since the late 1950s, he promoted the … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t Become A Surgeon


One of the oldest medical schools in the country, Tulane is known for its long tradition of surgical excellence. From Rudolf Matas to Alton Ochsner, from Michael DeBakey  to Ted Drapanas (chief of surgery during my time, as well as … Continue reading

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The Ice Man Cometh


The emergency room of Charity Hospital in New Orleans resembled those of major urban public hospitals in the inner cities of our country, but was distinct in the flavors of its stories reflecting the both the age of the institution … Continue reading

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Never Tell Someone When They Will Die


During my time at Tulane, we had an outstanding pathology department. Consistently voted as best teachers by the students, the faculty were not only excellent in making their subject come alive (a deliberate oxymoron) but also in modeling for us … Continue reading

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The Flavors of New Orleans


Arguably more than any other American city, New Orleans has a long and distinguished tradition of its own regional cuisine. Bringing together the flavors of Creole and Cajun cooking, layered with French, Spanish and Southern influences, sprinkled with Italian expat … Continue reading

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Struggles of a First Year Medical Student


Moving from Chicago to New Orleans was a culture shock. However, the change from my undergraduate university days to medical school proved to be an even bigger challenge. Until then, I had always been, if not first in my class, … Continue reading

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