Monthly Archives: September 2010

ERs for Primary Care

ERs for Primary Care

George Bush once famously (or infamously) commented that health care is indeed available for all: You just go to the emergency room.

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Pet Care vs Human Care

Pet Care vs Human Care

There’s a lot we can learn from animals in many facets of life — Lord knows, a nice massage behind the ears could do a lot of us some good — but I am consistently impressed by how much smoother veterinary medicine runs.

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Social Mission of Med Schools

Social Mission of Med Schools

by Danielle Ofri CNN.com What exactly is the mission of a medical school? Is it to train the best and smartest doctors? Is to tend to our nation’s health? Is it to further medical knowledge? Go to the website of just about any medical school and you will see roughly the same “three-pillars” message from…

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Abortion: The View From Both Sides of the Street

Abortion: The View From Both Sides of the Street

A dispassionate discourse on the abortion wars in America?  Not something that seems possible, at least in the current polarized culture in the United States. Almost by definition, any analysis of the politics and practice of abortion is heavily partisan. Even the medical world—the last bastion of any possible objectivity— has been overlaid with politics.…

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Palliative Care: From the Get-Go

Palliative Care: From the Get-Go

by Danielle Ofri CNN.com It was a hot July afternoon when I found myself in a quiet hospital lounge, having “the family discussion” with a patient newly admitted to my medical service, a sweet middle-aged woman whose lung cancer had spread so extensively that it now encircled the vital vessels of her chest. The “family…

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Endorphins and Overeating

Endorphins and Overeating

by Danielle Ofri CNN.com As a primary care internist, my practice spans the common adult ailments—diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, arthritis. It is hard not to avoid the difficult truth that obesity, while perhaps not causing all of these illness, certainly exacerbates them greatly. With my patients, I stay away from issues of…

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