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6AM Sunday 6/4 — WFAN Sports Radio 660 AM & 101.9 FM NYC

For those in NYC: set your alarm now! Sunday June 4, 6AM – 7AM – LIVE – I will be talking medical uncertainty to Bob Salter of WFAN Sports Radio 660 AM & 101.9 FM NYC. A one hour discussion about my new book The Prince at the Ruined Tower. Definitely worth getting up for

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Time to Write the Senate at HealthReform@finance.senate.gov

Republican senators are working on a healthcare bill in secret, hoping to pass a bill that will mimic the Trumpcare bill that the House recently passed. Please write to HealthReform@finance.senate.gov to tell these senators that the American Public deserves better. Here is the email I sent this morning: To whom it may concern: I am

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The Prince at the Ruined Tower: Time, Uncertainty & Chronic Illness Released

The noted physician, Dr. Michael D. Lockshin, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and Director of the Barbara Volcker Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery, explores seldom discussed issues of contemporary medical practice—how should and how do patients respond when diagnoses are uncertain? How should and how do doctors respond? Or

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Novel Medical Advance?

A truly novel medical advance is always exciting and newsworthy, but the New York Times was insufficiently critical in “Can the Nervous System be Hacked?” by Michael Behar (May 25). The concept that the nervous system has an effect on inflammatory diseases has been known for a very long time. We have known for more than

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Why the Dutch Girl Cried

Half-way through the medical student seminar, the Dutch girl began to cry. The seminar, a conversation among medical students and patients, was intended to teach aspects of chronic illness. A young patient advocate from the Netherlands was an invited guest. None of us in the room, including her, had anticipated her tears. “I was startled,”

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Obamacare – the Best idea since Medicare

I just received an email from my member of Congress Dr. Nan Hayworth in which she wrote: Assuring that all Americans have access to good medical care and to affordable, portable health insurance is a crucial goal for our country, and one that is a mission for me as the only woman physician who is a

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Hospitalists and End-of-Life Decisions

Idée reçue number one:  when hospitalists are the doctors in charge of inpatients, hospitalizations are more efficient, and care is better. Idée reçue number two:  thoughtful end-of-life planning is a laudable and comforting goal. What happens when these values—efficient care, thoughtful planning—clash? This question arose because of a friend’s 100-year-old mother. She was vigorous and

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New Federal Drug Research Center

Fareed Zakaria in his Washington Post opinion piece Can Obama get it right on the economy? wrote:  “The Obama administration, concerned about the dramatic slowdown in drug development, is proposing a new federal research center with a $1 billion budget. A good idea, but U.S. officials should look at the regulatory framework surrounding the process

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More stuff from the New York Times that misses the point

On June 10, 2010, Claire Cain Miller wrote that, “When a doctor recommends a test or a procedure, most patients simply go where the doctor tells them to go.”   Well, not exactly, at least as I see it. It’s more like, “When a doctor recommends a test or a procedure, most patients…ask their doctors who

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The New Medicine—Hospitalists and Telemedicine

So, two things in The New York Times set me off this week. (Actually three. The third was an article about people who start their sentences with the word “so”, but I don’t want to go there.) The first thing that set me off was an article about a hospitalist (by Jane Gross, May 26,

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