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Report Card on Women’s Health: "F"

As report cards go, this one was pretty depressing. The Women’s Health Care Report Card for 2010 from the National Women’s Law Center showed a nation failing the majority of its population. Not a single state in our fine union received a “Satisfactory” grade. Not one! Read more

Rx: Writing

Writing has always been a prominent part of medicine. Doctors write “histories” of their patients all the time. Increasingly there has been interest in writing by patients. Read more

More on Mammograms

A monolithic message on mammogram screening for breast cancer sidesteps critical nuances. Read more

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. Read more

Social Mission of Med Schools

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? Read more

Palliative Care: From the Get-Go

The scientific world finally produced the data to support what seems so obvious: Palliative care belongs in the beginning of cancer treatment, not just at the end. Read more

The Patient’s Voice

Not long ago I learned that these side effects listed on the package insert are not the ones the patient actually complains of. No, they are the symptoms the patients’ doctors choose to report, the doctors’ impressions of what the patients are describing. Read more

Endorphins and Overeating

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. Read more

Immigration and Health Care

Every time Jade backs into my tiny office, I am impressed. With a skill worthy of a New York taxi driver, she maneuvers her manual wheelchair in reverse into the sliver of space between the exam table and my desk in our crowded city clinic. Read more

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