Archives By Month: May 2019

The Case Against Retirement

Posted on May 21, 2019 12:05 pm By Del Meyer in In The News

Richard W. Johnson writes in the WSJ Mon April 22, 2019: The Case Against Retirement. Most people look forward to retirement, a reward for decades of hard work. Many people dream of leaving the office as soon as they can. But the evidence suggests a lot of downsides. It may be time to rethink those […]

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Medicine Meets the Press

Posted on May 21, 2019 11:57 am By Del Meyer in Feature Article

The clash between physicians and the press in the U.S. is older than the republic itself. The first recorded debate goes back to the Boston smallpox outbreak of 1721. Newspapers, including Benjamin Franklin’s The Courant, launched a crusade against Dr. Zabdiel Boylston’s practice of immunization.

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Andrew Marshall – The Pentagon’s longest-serving Strategist

Posted on May 16, 2019 10:30 pm By admin in In Memoriam

The Pentagon’s longest-serving strategist, for more than four decades, died on March 26th, aged 97 Ask the right question | The Economist | Print edition | Apr 11th 2019 | Obituary AT THE HEART of many a large and ambitious empire sits one man who is not the ruler, though the ruler often listens to […]

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Freedom at the University

Posted on May 16, 2019 9:53 pm By admin in Words Of Wisdom

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear—George Orwell A college is its faculty. If you tell students that they are number one, then they will run the place. They are not number one. They are guests, subsidized by the state, and lucky to spend time with faculty like […]

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ABC’s Serious Prejudicial Good Morning America” News Report

Posted on May 16, 2019 9:38 pm By admin in Hippocrates & His Kin

Last month we mention that our household has been watching Good Morning America ever since our Sacramento Lady, daughter of Dr Blunden, cohosted the show from 1980 to 1997 and we continued to watch until last month when George, the cohost, had a diatribe on the Mueller report trying to find evidence for impeachment. We […]

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TROLLING ON THE EDGE

Posted on May 16, 2019 9:28 pm By admin in The Bookshelf

­­Story of a NOYO Fisherman By Jeanne Duncan We recently went on a vacation to Mendocino with my wife Linda’s brothers and their wives. It was a long time since her brother from Dexter, Michigan and the other from Tampa, Florida had both visited Linda in our home. Of course they were interested in the […]

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Is US Medical Care Inefficient?

Posted on May 16, 2019 9:08 pm By admin in Voices of Medicine

Viewpoint: JAMA | September 11, 2018 Victor R. Fuchs, PhD1 JAMA. 2018;320(10):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10779 Is US medical care inefficient? Many health policy experts maintain it is, whereas others prefer a verdict available to juries in Scotland— “not proven.” The correct answer is that no industry is either efficient or inefficient in abstract terms. Efficiency describes the relation between the […]

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The Un-reality of “Medicare-for-all”

Posted on May 16, 2019 8:54 pm By admin in Overheard in the Medical Staff Lounge

Dr. Rosen:       There has been a lot of discussions for “Medicare-for-all” recently. Is that likely? And if so, how will it affect us as practicing physicians and surgeons. Dr. Edwards:   I think it will speed up the number of physicians that will look forward to either an earlier retirement or an alternate profession. Dr. Milton:      […]

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Healthcare is Expensive.

Posted on May 16, 2019 8:32 pm By admin in Medical Myths

The practice of medicine and resultant health care cost has been pushed far out of proportion to their basic costs. This has precipitated the Myth and Rumor that health care is so very expensive that you could suffer and possibly die if you did not have health insurance.

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The Medical-Hospital-Health Insurance-Government-Complex

Posted on May 16, 2019 8:18 pm By admin in Medical Gluttony

This unsavory complex has gotten so unwieldy and glutinous that it needs to be broken up from a disinterested party. There are now four components of the Healthcare Industry Complex. Why cannot the Medical Association, the Hospital Association, the Health Insurance Industry, or the Government Medicare/Medicaid Center reform Health Care in the United States?

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