Holy Days Give Meaning to Life

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When I was a boy and was baptized at age 12, I hung a picture of Jesus on the wall over my bed.  I felt very holy until my mother said, “John, people will think we are Catholic and worship idols.”  At the time I didn’t realize it was bad to be a Catholic and […]

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On Psychiatrists Being Taught How to Increase Revenue

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I was recently saddened to receive an email inviting psychiatrists to attend a course so they could learn how to increase their revenue by increasing patient load, etc.  Small wonder psychiatry is rapidly becoming “psychopharmacology,” writing prescriptions in a 20-minute office visit,  and all-too-often ignoring the underlying psychosocial and spiritual problems that cause a patient’s symptoms in the first place.  […]

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Sistine Angels

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  The sun had set, as we seem to be destined to set with it. We entered through a dark narrow door. Immediately we heard the sound of angels coming from within, spilling into every corner of the room. Then we looked up and knew we had entered a part of heaven. Above, and all […]

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Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities

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Someone recently sent this article which appeared on The New York Times’ blog site called Well!   I was so impressed with the article that I ordered a copy of Dr. Danielle Ofri’s book entitled, What Doctors Feel:  How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.  In any case, below is Dr. Ofri’s article on priorities of the doctor and patient and […]

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We Named our Cadaver “Grace.”

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Every now and then I read something that I cannot forget.  I was given a book entitled “Operation Soar: Empowerment for Students” by Sabrina Echols-Elliott, M.D.   Dr. Elliott begins her book telling about her first day in Anatomy Class in medical school.  I was deeply touched when I read: “It was the best of times, and the […]

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