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Medical Fiction: Tim and the Insurance Trouble

Apr 22, 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: Bruce and the Sterilization Step

Apr 15, 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...

The Physician’s Role in Advance Care Planning

Apr 07, 2022

Helping Patients Live—& Die—on Their Terms   Many of us were drawn to medicine by a deeply compelling purpose: to save and improve lives. However, as physicians, our duty extend...

Medical Fiction: Virgil and the Key Card

Apr 01, 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...

Flash Fiction: Bob Jones - Drone Extraction

Mar 31, 2022

Sergeant Bob Jones was not aware of stepping on the mine that amputated his right foot below the ankle. In his stream of consciousness, there was a brief pass-by, a hostile drone that flitted in, p...

Medical Fiction: Mortimer Bundy and the Mold

Mar 25, 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...

The Obesity Disparity in Black Women: How to Be More Inclusive

Mar 22, 2022

From the Obesity Medicine Association   While obesity can affect anyone, African-American women have the highest rates. According to recent CDC data, four out of five Black women are ov...

Medical Fiction: Mick and the MRI

Mar 18, 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...

Hepatocellular Carcinoma: The Viral Hepatitis Pathways

Mar 14, 2022

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and incidence in the US has tripled in the last four decades. Chronic viral hepatitis is the leading pathway to HCC...

Medical Fiction: Clive and the Cargo

Mar 11, 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...

Death With Dignity: Should Doctors Help Their Patients Die?

Mar 11, 2022

From the Physician Editor-in-Chief   Euthanasia has long been a controversial topic. The Death With Dignity Act, now legal in 11 states, puts a new twist on the discussion. This act put...

Liver Cancer: Support for the 3rd Leading Cancer-Related Cause of Death

Mar 07, 2022

Liver cancer is the third-highest cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and incidence of primary liver cancer in the US has tripled in the last four decades. While chronic viral hepatitis is the l...

Medical Fiction: Travis and The Dewormer

Mar 04, 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: Chuck and Chris - Rivalry is a Pain in the Neck

Feb 25, 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 Physician EIC: The Telehealth Extension & Evaluation Act Isn’t Enough

Feb 22, 2022

In early February, two senators introduced the Telehealth Extension and Evaluation Act to extend Medicare telehealth reimbursement waivers another 2 years following the end of the public health emerge...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Exit Processes With EMR Vendors

Feb 22, 2022

Q: I want to change EMR vendors but the current company is holding me up for big fees.  How is this legal, since the patient is one who really owns the records?  I couldn’t hang onto records to fo...

Medical Fiction: Ugly Betty and the Balance

Feb 18, 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...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Addressing Intellectual Property

Feb 15, 2022

Q: I’m a pediatrician and my wife is a software designer. We were talking about combining these to design games for kids with serious illnesses to help them understand their care. The problem is tha...

COVID-19 & Children: Why Numbers Never Tell the Real Story

Feb 14, 2022

Imagine for a moment the trauma a parent experiences when burying their child. This is an unfortunate but palpable reality for 940 parents in the United States (US) whose children’s lives have been ...

Medical Fiction: Willy and the Weighty Question

Feb 11, 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...