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Medical Fiction: Dirk and the Stolen Brownies

Jan 21, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and ...

Delivering Healthcare With Fewer People

Jan 20, 2022

Healthcare is experiencing yet another crisis - one of many that have unfolded over the past two years. It’s not omicron or any variant of the coronavirus: this crisis is a shortage of workforce. Wh...

From the Physician Editor-in-Chief - New Year, New Crisis: Can Our Healthcare System Survive?

Jan 18, 2022

During the past several weeks, the news about the US healthcare system has been dire. ICUs are at capacity, and patients are spending days in emergency rooms because there are no available beds. There...

Medical Fiction: Vern and the Very Clean Teeth

Jan 14, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Medical Fiction: Victor and the Virus

Jan 07, 2022

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

From the Obesity Medicine Association: Harnessing Obesity Medicine Principles to Treat Diabetes

Jan 05, 2022

The considerable commonalities between patients with obesity and Type 2 diabetes can be useful for healthcare providers as they develop treatment plans for these serious diseases. Unfortunately, the p...

Medical Fiction: Harold and the Barcode Blunder

Dec 31, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Medical Fiction: Ebenezer Bankmore and the Ghosts of Christmas

Dec 24, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Medical Fiction: Caught in The Middle With You

Dec 17, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

From The Physician Editor-in-Chief: The Wake of Grieving Caused by COVID-19

Dec 17, 2021

As tears silently rolled down my patient’s face, I could feel my own eyes grow moist. Holding back the tears that threatened to escape, I patted her hand and told her how sorry I felt. She just lost...

Medical Fiction: Andrew and the Bobcat

Dec 10, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Medical Fiction: Errol and the Moving Carriage

Dec 03, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Amid Fears of Unseen Drug Misuse During Pandemic, Is More Testing the Answer to a Worsening Drug Crisis?

Nov 29, 2021

At the beginning of the pandemic, patients nationwide canceled doctor’s visits for a range of medical issues as public health authorities recommended delaying non-urgent in-person medical care. Duri...

Medical Fiction: Dogfire Blake

Nov 26, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Medical Fiction: Jake and the Black Mold

Nov 19, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Understanding "Captain of the Ship" & How it Applies to All Physicians

Nov 15, 2021

The term “captain of the ship” is one of the most misunderstood in medical malpractice law. Most doctors think it means that merely because of their “rank” as the surgeon or obstetrician th...

Medical Fiction: Julia and the Catastrophic Crunch

Nov 12, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

The Toxic Doctor-Insurer Relationship

Nov 10, 2021

The following was originally posted to KevinMD.   My introduction to health insurance companies was very abrupt and simple. I received my medical training in the U.S. Navy and served...

Medical Fiction: Guy Eye

Nov 05, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and...

Evolving Insights Into the Biology of Pain & Advances in Neuromodulation Technology Enable New Paradigms in the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain

Nov 01, 2021

More than 50 years ago, Melzack and Wall proposed the gate control theory of pain inhibition,1 opening the door to the development of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as an intervention designed to reduc...