Overheard in the Medical Staff Lounge

By admin on 07/16/2019 8:54 PM

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:      […]

By admin on 05/15/2019 11:34 PM

Dr. Rosen:      This morning, Good Morning America, a happy and jovial news and human-interest morning show with a high rating, had a very abbreviated session. They adjourned to an L-shaped desk with George Stephanopoulos sitting on the inside with two male and two female reporters opposite. They had reviewed the Mueller report concerning the president […]

By admin on 04/02/2019 5:24 AM

Dr. Rosen:      We now have another Boeing 737 that nosedived in Ethiopia killing all aboard. What are the real issues? What do we learn or can we learn from these disasters? Dr. Edwards:  One thing that is obvious, the pilots were not aware of how to override the computer control of the aircraft. One of […]

By admin on 03/19/2019 8:20 AM

Dr. Rosen:      We’ve experienced some severe changes in our country. I’ve never seen this hostility towards a sitting president. Isn’t this an overt effort to remove an acting president from office? Dr. Edwards:  I agree. Even with our disagreement with former President Barack Obama our criticisms were rather subdued. Some journalists predicted that when he […]

By admin on 01/03/2019 1:52 AM

Dr. Rosen:      We have a new government that will take effect this month. What will that mean for physicians and healthcare? Dr. Edwards:  There is a lot of smoke but I don’t see any fire that can be put out. Dr. Milton:      There will be the usual and continued push to make our profession the […]

By admin on 12/04/2018 3:59 AM

Dr. Rosen:      I always have to do mental gymnastics when news commentators refer to the blues and the reds. I’ve been used to calling the liberals “reds” since during the time we were ridding our country of the communists, the liberals were always referred to as the Reds implying their friendliness to the communists or […]

By Del Meyer on 11/26/2018 3:43 AM

Dr. Rosen:      Is our generation witnessing unusual cruelty—beheadings and cutting up bodies while the victims are still alive? Isn’t this a degeneration into uncivilized behavior in modern history? Dr. Edwards:  I believe it occurred with the inquisition in the middle ages when heretics were  tortured with the intent of obtaining a confession. If the rack […]

By Del Meyer on 10/14/2018 1:44 PM

Dr. Rosen:      We have witnessed a rather low point in our American History this week with the character assassination of Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Edwards:  This is amazing in view of the fact that Judge Kavanaugh comes with the highest recommendation of the American Bar in his previous appointments. 

By Del Meyer on 09/14/2018 12:28 PM

Dr. Rosen:      There is a debate about what to do with the 11-million undocumented immigrants in our country? The late Charles Krauthammer, MD, columnist, knew exactly what we should do? Dr. Edwards: He seemed to support President Trump in building a wall and then let immigration reform be discussed afterwards. After the previous 3-million undocumented […]

By Del Meyer on 08/07/2018 8:42 AM

Dr. Rosen:      We’re hearing a lot about transgender issues but little about the real issues. And I don’t mean a civil rights issue. Dr. Edwards:  I’m sorry that so much of what we do now is civil rights.  When we practice legal medicine, I believe that medicine will lose. We’re not legally sophisticated and I […]