A Healthcare Update

It’s been a while since I’ve written, primarily due to a combination of being busy and lazy. Only I can achieve both simultaneously, so please do not try this at home. Tonight, however, I was especially motivated, because my wife is having a group of women over for a meeting. I believe there’s 13 of... Read more »

THE DEATH OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

I HAVE HELD OFF WRITING THIS FOR A FEW DAYS, BECAUSE TRY AS I MIGHT, IT WILL SOUND LIKE AN “I TOLD YOU SO”. About one year ago, Senator McCain was diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme. Immediately, well wishes came from all over, telling him to “Be Strong and show... Read more »

What Is The Value Of A Human Life?

Happy broiling hot Sunday! Today I wanted to write about a topic that is very difficult to grasp, even (especially?) as a physician. What value do we place on a human life? At first glance, the answer seems obvious. “Infinitely valuable!” we’d all be tempted to shout. Certainly any major religion would agree. Yet, that’s... Read more »
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MY BIRTHDAY WISH

Yes, today is my birthday!! I am celebrating my 63rd eon on this planet, and decided to commemorate it with a Post! Yay, me! Actually, I’ve wanted to write about this topic for awhile, but decided that rather than launching into my usual screed, I’d make an attempt to appeal to individuals’ intelligence and common... Read more »

THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT MEDICINE

Happy Sunday to all! Hopefully you have completed the worship of your deity of choice and now plan on relaxing out in your marsh like backyard, playing the “Who will get West Nile First” game with your family. Today’s post will be a welcome distraction from the itching mosquito bites while you are decorated with... Read more »

Medical News That Left You Confused

It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote. It appears that my Muse took a leave of absence, which left me with little urge to blog this past month. Maybe it was the dank, gray, rainy month of May that drained me of my energy. But, today, with the warm sun and cool breeze, I... Read more »
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KNOWING HOW AND WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE AN HOMAGE TO BARBARA BUSH

This week we were all saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara Bush. At the age of 92, she had truly led a full life, with her husband and son as president and another son as governor. She also had her own impressive list of accomplishments, including the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.... Read more »

THE "GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS" MEDICAL POST

So I realized today that I’ve been pretty remiss in my blogging. I had kind of hoped that with all the people stealing my Facebook information, one of them would have been nice enough to do a blog for me, but no. You just can’t find good trolls these days. Part of the problem I... Read more »

Ravinia Strikes Back

I am nothing, if I don’t speak up for the oppressed. Yes, it may seem that I am to speak out about Ravinia again, despite having been warned by ominous whispers emanating from the dark that, “The Board knows who you are! Beware!” But, I am not about to be cowed by a music venue.... Read more »
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Guns As Religion

I have to say that I have struggled with the idea of covering the gun debate. On the one hand, it’s a political morass, with no easy or obvious solution. On the other hand, I am a physician and feel some moral obligation to address this bitter debate. First, a disclaimer. I don’t own any... Read more »