Archives By Month: January 2016

Bernie Sanders Proposes A Medicare-For-All Health Care System

Posted on January 29, 2016 3:15 am By Del Meyer in Medical Gluttony

Colonel “Bernie” Sanders Half-Baked Recipe for Health Care By Devon Herrick Filed under Health Alerts on January 27, 2016 Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders rolled out his proposal for a single-payer Medicare-for-All health system, similar to what’s found in Canada and Britain. Sanders’ proposal is a fairytale of wishful thinking and Robin Hood schemes. Whereas Colonel […]

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Rights Are Abstract And Not Amenable To Reason By Evidence

Posted on January 28, 2016 11:38 am By Del Meyer in Words Of Wisdom

Do not use “rights” in arguments or disputes. Though they feel like a trump card, rights are abstract and not amenable to reason by evidence. – Joshua Greene Democracy is all very well as a political device. It must not intrude into the spiritual, or even the aesthetic world. – C. S. Lewis   The […]

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L’enfant Terrible

Posted on January 22, 2016 11:43 am By Del Meyer in In Memoriam

Pierre Boulez, composer and conductor, died on January 5th, aged 90 The Economist | From the print edition | Jan 16th 2016 FEW figures were cooler or calmer than Pierre Boulez on the podium. He conducted without a baton, lifting the phrases and flicking them away with long, elegant fingers. The rest of his body […]

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Fatal Vehicle Accidents Involving Marijuana

Posted on January 22, 2016 5:59 am By Del Meyer in Hippocrates and His Kin

A 30-year-old female came in for her appointment. She never looked me in the eye. Her eyes were roving from one side of me to the other. When I asked her what she was looking at, she stated that she wasn’t sure. She wasn’t looking at me and seemed unfocused. Her husband stated that she […]

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When Breath Becomes Air By Paul Kalanithi, MD

Posted on January 22, 2016 5:49 am By Del Meyer in Book Review

Review: Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air is an exquisitely moving exploration of mortality SANDRA MARTIN Special to The Globe and Mail Paul Kalanithi’s memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, begins with a wallop. A neurosurgical resident in his final year of training, he’s examining the CT scans of a patient with Stage 4 lung cancer. He’s […]

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A Neurosurgeon Tells Us About His Dying Experience

Posted on January 22, 2016 5:11 am By Del Meyer in Voices of Medicine

My Last Day as a Surgeon By Paul Kalanithi In May of 2013, the Stanford University neurosurgical resident Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic lung cancer. He was thirty-six years old. In his two remaining years—he died in March of 2015—he continued his medical training, became the father to a baby girl, and wrote […]

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Will He Make America Great Again?

Posted on January 22, 2016 4:43 am By Del Meyer in Overheard in the Medical Staff Lounge

Dr. Rosen:      Well, it looks like Donald Trump is gaining and winning. What does that mean for our country? Dr. Edwards:  I was not a Trump fan when this all started.  But after surveying the landscape, he may understand the “lay of the land.” Dr. Milton:      The UK has a similar boisterous Johnson who even looks […]

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Medicare-For-All Will Control Health Care Costs

Posted on January 22, 2016 3:39 am By Del Meyer in Medical Myths

For those of us who love comedy, one of the most delightful ironies of progressivism is how regressive it is, how mired in the past. While conservatives gather to discuss fresh reformist ideas on how to fight poverty, Regressives think spending more will reduce the cost. See section 2 above. BE NOT THE FIRST BY […]

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Inviting Boys To Wear Skirts Is A Dangerous Frivolity.

Posted on January 22, 2016 2:15 am By Del Meyer in International Medicine

What started as a baffling skirmish on the wilder shores of victim culture has now turned into something more menacing Melanie Phillips Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now it is an insult on a par with ‘racist’, ‘sexist’ or ‘homophobic’, to be deployed as a weapon in our culture wars. The […]

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Socialism Gets A Second Life

Posted on January 18, 2016 2:42 am By Del Meyer in Medicare Review

The Second Wave of Socialism in 1965 after the first wave of FDR Social Security.  Why do the young love Bernie Sanders? Because their experience of capitalism is different. By Peggy Noonan | The Wall Street Journal | Jan 29, 2016 I was watching Bernie Sanders speak last week at a town hall in Bedford […]

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