Category: Editor in Chief

Don’t look where you don’t want to go.

Don’t look where you don’t want to go.

‘Don’t look where you don’t want to go.’ — Author Unknown In my life adventure as a father of three daughters, I have never faced anything as frightening and dangerous in their development into young adults as teaching them to… Read More

Doveryai, no proveryai - Trust, but verify

Doveryai, no proveryai – Trust, but verify

“Doveryai, no proveryai.” (Trust, but verify) – President Ronald Reagan The quote, “trust, but verify,” is actually an old Russian proverb that President Ronald Reagan used during arms control negotiations with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s. He learned… Read More

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) I recently turned 50 years old and celebrated my birthday while on an annual field exercise, called Operation Bushmaster, with the… Read More

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) I do my best to avoid touching on editorial themes I find interesting in subsequent months. Last month, I touched on the incursion of medical technology into our daily practice… Read More

In the sick room, 10 cents worth of human understanding equals 10 dollars worth of medical science

In the sick room, 10 cents worth of human understanding equals 10 dollars worth of medical science

“In the sick room, 10 cents’ worth of human understanding equals 10 dollars’ worth of medical science.” — Martin H. Fisher, MD (1879-1962) It is a particular pleasure in federal medicine to have an opportunity to talk with our patients… Read More

If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine

If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” — Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO Sheepishly, I find myself enjoying this quote a little too much. My clinical and research workdays would… Read More

Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda...

Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda…

“‎Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.” ― Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) I am presently reading “Thomas Jefferson – The Art of Power” by Jon… Read More

Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error

Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error

“Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.” — Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) Benjamin Disraeli was a British conservative politician who knew a thing or two about politics, serving twice as prime minister of the United… Read More

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” — Steve Martin I grew up laughing at Steve Martin, arrow-through-the-head gag, King Tut and all. I do not suppose Mr. Martin had any deeper goals with this statement beyond the… Read More

Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin

“Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin.” — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) As I ponder this editorial, the country is in the grip of its second day of government shutdown. I cannot help but… Read More

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”  General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934-2012) Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho recently announced implementation of the Performance… Read More

A leader…must have the determination to stick with it

“A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets tough.” Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) Anyone who has followed this column over the… Read More

Because that’s where the money is

“Because that’s where the money is.” William “Willie” Sutton (1901-1980) William “Willie” Sutton (1901-1980) was an infamous bank robber who stole an estimated $2 million dollars during a 40-year crime career. When asked by a reporter why he robbed banks,… Read More

I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat?

 “A ball had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through the sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder. There was no more to be done for him and I left him… Read More

There is nothing so annoying as a good example

“There is nothing so annoying as a good example!!” — Mark Twain (1835-1910)I recently returned from my fellowship program’s annual medical mission to Vietnam. These missions are a highlight of our academic year, as they provide unique opportunities to practice… Read More

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” ― Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Like most Americans, I was shocked and horrified at the Boston Marathon bombings that ripped through the event on Monday, April 15,… Read More

It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by ducks quacking ‘No!’

“It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by ducks quacking ‘No!’” ~unknown This is my own modification of the famous “It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” The source of this original quote is… Read More

It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has

Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA. It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.  – Hippocrates of Cos (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) Hippocrates, known to… Read More

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~Nelson Mandela I have been reflecting on the Second Amendment to the Constitution of… Read More

We make a living by what we get – We make a life by what we give

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill 1874-1965 Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA I believe it is healthy and proper to reflect on the past… Read More