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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

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce

Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” – Karl Marx (1818-1883) Arguably, war and man’s increasing sophistication when it comes to harming one another are the least attractive attributes… Read More

Federal Medicine Organizational Meetings – Tarred with the Same Brush?

The recent General Services Administration (GSA) Las Vegas conference scandal, involving clowns and a mind reader (I could not dream this stuff up if I tried), must seem like manna from heaven for the likes of John Stewart and Stephen… Read More

There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t

“There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” – Josh Billings (1818-1885) Newly retired Air Force colonel and columnist, Harriet Hall MD, also known as the “The SkepDoc,” recently published an article… Read More

Pain is weakness leaving the body

I do not think it is possible to spend any time in the military without hearing this quote at least once. A friend recently purchased a T-shirt at the Pentagon with the adage proudly displayed. It is a mark of… Read More

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” – John Naisbitt I like seeing U.S. Medicine in my mailbox. For me, it is akin to a life ring in a sea of discordant information that seems to have an… Read More

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi, NFL Football Coach (1913-1970) Editor-In-Chief, Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA If you… Read More

There is only one thing people like that is good for them – A good night’s sleep

“There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night’s sleep.” – Edgar Watson Howe (1853 – 1937) Editor-In-Chief, Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA E.W. Howe was wise well beyond his time.… Read More

Education is a Better Safeguard of Liberty than a Standing Army

“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” — Edward Everett (1794-1865) Since 2001, I have had the good fortune to serve as the leader of the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management, Rockville,… Read More

Today we have 260 million guinea pigs for the dietary supplement industry

“Today we have 260 million guinea pigs for the dietary supplement industry.” — William T. Jarvis, PhD. William T. Jarvis, PhD, is a retired public health and preventive medicine professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California… Read More

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford (1863-1947) During the Sundance Film Festival, held in January in Park City, UT, the documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” was debuted… Read More

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them

I recently learned through the evening news that a Dutch scientist, Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands, has genetically engineered a deadly form of the H5N1 bird flu virus into an easily transmissible form that has the… Read More

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world, I know because I have done it thousands of times

‘Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.’ – Mark Twain (1835-1910) As an anesthesiologist, on a purely pragmatic level, it is hard not to bear some animosity toward… Read More

Winning is the science of being totally prepared

Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA When this issue of US Medicine reaches our readers, we will be well into the holiday season and drawing 2011 to a close. Like many, I often find myself using… Read More