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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do...

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do…

Pam, our friends Karon and Toni, and I had been looking forward to a week sailing our Gemini 105Mc catamaran, Family Knot, exploring the Chesapeake Bay.

From the Editor in Chief

From the Editor in Chief

“The current approach to the opioid epidemic is just as ineffective as managing a cholera outbreak by treating victims without ever bothering to find the source of contaminated water and provide access to safe alternatives.” —Chester Buckenmaier & Eric Schoomaker1… Read More

“Take time for all things: Great haste makes great waste.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“Take time for all things: Great haste makes great waste.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Following the news on the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, euphemistically known as Obamacare, is akin to watching a train wreck in slow motion.

Money can’t buy life

Money can’t buy life

My wife, Pam, and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. For our celebration, we decided to give each other a trip to Las Vegas.

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” ― Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” ― Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

I have spent the past week in a series of meetings hosted by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide a public forum to discuss the national response to the ongoing opioid epidemic. I was serving as the Uniformed Services University and Department of Defense representative on this issue.

To the Editor-in-Chief:

In reference to “How Low To Go: The Continuing Controversy on BP Targets” published in the March 2017 issue:

My Life Needs Editing

My Life Needs Editing

My commute to work in the Washington, DC, area is hell, to put it mildly. According to U.S. News and World Report, in 2015, Washington area drivers spent 75 hours on average in traffic, second only to Los Angeles drivers who averaged 81.

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” —George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” —George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

This past week, I attended the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (USAFP) annual meeting in Seattle.

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself

The free, efficient and unobstructed flow of information is critical both in business and medicine.

“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

For many, including myself, the political upheaval that has characterized the 2016 campaign and election has been unsettling.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

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.

“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 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.

Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word

Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word

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)

“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.