I recently took in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” with my wife. Starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson, the movie dramatizes the heroics of Cpl. Desmond Thomas Doss (1919-2006), who served as a combat medic with the 77th Infantry Division in the Pacific theater of World War II, despite being a conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon in combat.
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“The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.” Hippocrates (c. 460- c. 370 BC)
The classical Greek physician Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine and is credited for believing that disease was caused naturally and not due to supernatural forces or the gods. With this idea, medicine as a body of knowledge began its journey into the realm of science and the scientific method to drive medical understanding and therapeutic practice.
After seven months of bickering and posturing by both parties in Congress, a bill allocating $1.1 billion to deal with the emerging Zika crisis was finally passed on Sept. 28, 2016.
“Every positive value has its price in negative terms … the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.” — Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
One of the interesting aspects of writing this federal medicine column is friends, colleagues and readers who follow U.S. Medicine editorials feed me interesting unsolicited ideas for writing topics.
Like many Americans, I find the nightly news of late has been increasingly less palatable and more disturbing.
Recently I was viewing a rather emotional national news piece showing a preteen girl learning how to administer naloxone.
Sadly, like most Americans, O’Rourke’s humorous quote concerning death is representative of the lack of attention most folks pay this unavoidable destination we all eventually must face.
…of any legislative or regulatory act that’s taken in the heat of battle.” Richard “Dick” Grasso was chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 to 2003 and is credited for his efforts to restart the Exchange following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” — Tom Peters I have been ruminating for the past few months over the bureaucracy of federal medicine and the importance of selfless service to our veterans and their… Read More
To work for the common good is the greatest creed. — Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
Government service can be extremely trying at times. Last month, I touched on the difficulties of surviving the bureaucracy to which we submit ourselves each week in the care of our servicemembers and their families.
Occasionally, there is a movie that just seems to resonate with many groups and situations. The 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” directed by Frank Darabout was certainly one of those movies. It was, and remains, common for myself and work colleagues to refer to being “Shawshanked” whenever we are confronted with laborious federal bureaucratic rules that are ubiquitously enforced with little apparent forethought or purpose.
They want to be loved, they are tribal, they instinctually favor stories over scientific evidence, they make mistakes, and even small gifts make them susceptible to being biased. If we took doctors seriously as human animals, we might hurt them — and they might hurt us – a lot less.
A friend and colleague recently used John Wayne’s quote after bringing a recent malpractice suit to my attention. The case involved an anesthesiologist, gastroenterologist and a medical assistant in Vienna, VA, who were involved in the care of a patient presenting for a screening colonoscopy.
Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life
Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living — if you do it well I’m sure there was someone… Read More
In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence
“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.” — David Hume (1711-1776) Evidence based… Read More
We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inward at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.
I am concerned about the health of our planet, how it affects public health and how human management of our environment
I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.
“I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.” (Mark Twain – 1835-1910) It is with some dismay that I have watched the news reports concerning the re-emergence… Read More