Medicine is not a science; it is empiricism founded on a network of blunders.

“Medicine is not a science; it is empiricism founded on a network of blunders.” ―Emmet Densmore (1837-1911)             I attended the funeral recently for the mother of a young woman—I’ll call her “Mary” for this editorial—who has been friends with… Read More

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Naval Hospital Pharmacist Makes Her Role Essential on Care Teams

Naval Hospital Pharmacist Makes Her Role Essential on Care Teams

By Steve Lewis PENSACOLA, FL – When Naval Hospital Pensacola began discussions five years ago about creating the Navy’s first patient-centered medical home (PCMH), “putting a pharmacist in the care team was not part of the equation,” according to Lisa… Read More

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Milwaukee VA Develops Reversal Protocol for Novel Oral Anticoagulants

Milwaukee VA Develops Reversal Protocol for Novel Oral Anticoagulants

By Annette M. Boyle MILWAUKEE – Many patients prefer the devil they know. When asked whether they want to go on or switch to a novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) that requires little monitoring, has few drug-drug or food interactions, appears… Read More

Aug 05, 2014 | View Article
Physician Seeks to Improve Prosthetics with Brain Control

Physician Seeks to Improve Prosthetics with Brain Control

By Steve Lewis SAN FRANCISCO – Once upon a time, brain-machine interfaces were the stuff of science fiction, but not any longer. In fact, in the not too distant future, veterans may benefit from the work of healthcare professionals like… Read More

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