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Times are Never Good or Bad

Sage advice from a master, spoken many years ago. I am not sure exactly who, or I would give due credit. And you know what? It’s very Darwinian, especially in private practice today. Only the fit will make it. And come out so much better. I know this as I speak with practitioners all over the USA. This is a great…

The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician-Part 2

Hello All, We are currently in Sitka, Alaska where I will soon be debarking to pick up some souvenirs. Yesterday, I took pictures in Glacier Bay where there are several glaciers and all are beautiful. Unfortunately, because of climate warming, ice is not forming in great patches over most of them anymore. The ocean, however,…

90 Day Psychopathology

Has anyone seen this show 90 Day Fiancé? My wife likes it. My daughter likes it. It is like watching a train wreck and everyone onboard has some major psychopathology. One dude is marrying a girl that looks 12 and he is in his mid-fifties with Klippel-Feil syndrome. See the pic. He has no neck.…

A COVID-TIDE MEMORIAL DAY IN JACKSON HOLE

As I write this on Saturday morning before Memorial Day, the wind is howling outside my window and the snow is coming down hard here in the Tetons.  Such is the privilege of living in one of North America’s last pristine natural areas where the landscape changes daily on the whims of Mother Nature.   We humans just…

Let’s Talk About it: Dr. Leigh Sundem Dies by Suicide

Here is the reference article for this quote: Even though she had 16 academic awards, 6 professional leadership positions, 5 research projects, 8 scientific publications, 9 scientific presentations, 10 years of teaching experience, and membership in 12 professional organizations, Leigh was left unemployable due to discrimination WITHIN medicine………… Wow!! To be unmatched for 3 years…

“I….can’t… even!!!”

From this article: A new survey by Yahoo News and YouGov has found that 44% of Republicans believe that Bill Gates will use the COVID-19 vaccination to implant a location-tracking microchip into the vaccine recipient, a conspiracy theory that has gained traction among fringe groups and conservative pundits. We’re desperate to open up and it looks like we…

I Am Not a Hero

There’s a scene in the Godfather where Hyman Roth complains to Michael Corleone about the killing of Hyman’s childhood friend:  Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn’t angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So…

Embrace Your Inner Woo-Woo

I’m a STEM gal through and through, give me facts and figures. But let’s get real…actual clinical practice isn’t straightforward like the multiple choice questions we cut our teeth on during medical school. Same goes for physician wellness knowing the numbers shows the severity of the problem without giving any type of actual solution.  Understanding…

Guess that Medical Procedure

This one is called Trepanning. The concept of creating small holes in the skull has had an incredibly long and illustrious tradition in Western medicine, and for most of its history it was done without anesthetic. From ancient physicians like Hippocrates, who thought that every fracture of the skull needed a hole bored near it in…