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Why We Become Doctors

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 11:48 AM

Many years ago I was asked to see a young woman everyone thought had appendicitis. I didn't agree and after observing her it was apparent her problem was a ruptured ovarian cyst which did not require surgery. A few years later her younger sister, a talented musician, tripped at home...

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Health Care Crisis in America: The Way to Avoid It

(16) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 8:22 AM

The present health care crisis is not just related to health care; it is a crisis related to what is happening in our society. We have become depersonalized as a society, invested in technology and not the experience people are having. Consider this: studies verify what happens to children who...

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The Power of Words: Revising the Doctor-Patient Relationship

(18) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 8:00 AM

As doctors, we are not trained to communicate and understand the power of our words as they relate to a patient's ability and desire to survive. It is also not only doctors but all the authority figures in our patient's lives that affect their ability to survive and the outcome...

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How Dreams Guide Our Lives

(13) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 9:11 AM

There have been many dreams which have been personal guides for me. If you think about evolution sleep, at some time, was a dangerous undertaking. You lie down in your cave or shelter and along comes a predator and has you for dinner. Many creatures do not sleep or sleep...

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Therapeutic Intention In The Doctor's Office

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 11:26 AM

In my recent readings I have come across many interesting concepts which have always been a part of how I cared for people but are now finally becoming scientific and accepted. For example one revealed the benefits of playing music in the operating room, or reading stories to children that...

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The Inner Life: Why Do We Suffer?

(51) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM

Many years ago my great grandfather told me of the persecution he experienced in Russia which led him to come to this country. He said the Cossacks would pursue him at night, when he was out teaching, and slash him with their sabers. One night he was on the hill...

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