Voices of Medicine

By Del Meyer on 06/30/2018 1:51 AM

When I was in training to become a physician, I spent my time at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In one of the introductory lectures, we were told to study diligently and to keep on studying for the rest of our lives. The professors stated that the science of medicine was expanding, and […]

By Del Meyer on 05/30/2018 12:58 AM

Who Should Control Healthcare? By Barbara Weissman, MD CMA Trustee for the Specialty Delegation Imagine coming to the hospital to work one morning, only to find you are denied admittance to your office and no longer a member of the hospital medical staff. In January 2016, hospital administrators at the Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) […]

By Del Meyer on 04/10/2018 2:01 AM

Physicians Face Punishment For Speaking Out About Non-Physician Care By Rebekah Bernard, MD | Posted on March 30, 201 While other physicians have reported persecution for speaking out about midlevel care, most are hesitant to share their name or identity due to concerns over losing their job. Marleen Smith, MD, who is using an alias […]

By Del Meyer on 03/09/2018 2:35 PM

Drunk doctors and kitchen table surgeries: Historic photos of health care in Sonoma County By JANET BALICKI WEBER FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | February 22, 2018 Sonoma County’s first physicians were a hardy lot filled with notable and colorful characters. Pioneer doctors in the 1800s carried medicine bags from residence to residence to treat patients. […]

By Del Meyer on 02/09/2018 2:05 PM

Country doctors have gone the way of the dodo bird. But occasionally one surfaces. A number of doctors in my community have made house calls. However, they are getting more infrequent. The takeover of medical practices by the government, insurance carriers, bureaucracies and technology have precipitated the change. However, there are segments of our society […]

By Del Meyer on 01/09/2018 1:39 PM

THE PERILS OF OPIOID PRESCRIBING Lawrence R. Huntoon, MD, PhD Pain management has become a minefield where physicians often walk at their peril between accusations of under-treatment and over-treatment of pain. Prosecutors in recent years have focused on alleging inappropriate prescribing of opioids, or on over-treatment of pain, which they state leads to addiction, abuse, […]

By Del Meyer on 12/09/2017 1:16 PM

A Qualitative Synthesis of Their Experiences Priscilla K. Coleman, Ph.D. Kaitlyn Boswell, B.S. Katrina Etzkorn, B.S. Rachel Turnwald, B.S. Women’s adjustment to life after abortion involves numerous factors interacting in complex ways, and qualitative studies are uniquely suited to enhance our understanding of the breadth and depth of individuals’ experiences. Respondents to a survey of […]

By Del Meyer on 11/09/2017 12:53 PM

THE PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL ETHICS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS PREAMBLE: Being aware that a physician’s religious and moral principles are the source of his ethical behavior, this Association adopts the following statement of principles of professional conduct. The principal objective of the ethical physician in his practice is to treat human […]

By Del Meyer on 10/25/2017 6:05 AM

SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE Editorial: The Great Single-Payer Debate Feature articles:  Envisioning single payer; California single-payer pros and cons; SB 562: CMA opposes unless amended; H-PEACE: health care activism. Departments: Letter from the executive director; interview, SCMA president Peter Sybert, MD; open clinical trials in Sonoma County; clinical fasting; mystery case: nocturnal leg cramps; Book review: […]

By Del Meyer on 10/25/2017 4:27 AM

WINE AS MEDICINE Winemaking with a Medical Bent Rachel Friedman, MD . . . It’s a Saturday afternoon, and after a busy week of seeing patients as a family physician, I am behind the bar at the winery my husband and I own, guiding guests in a wine tasting. When I explain that I not […]