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Understanding The Houston Methodist Lawsuit Decision

Jun 29, 2021

On June 12, US District Court Judge Lynn Hughes dismissed a lawsuit against Houston Methodist Hospital by employees who opposed a Covid-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment. This was t...

Medical Fiction: Erwin & The Stinky Laundry

Jun 23, 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, an...

Understanding The ACA Decision

Jun 22, 2021

Last week, in a 7:2 decision, the Supreme Court issued its third holding on the Affordable Care Act. What was the history of this case? In 2017, the individual mandate penalty was reduced to zer...

Medical Fiction: Herb & The Mixer

Jun 17, 2021

The descent of Herbert J. Walker into bankruptcy, homelessness, and despair was smooth, efficient, and relentless. On a Thursday morning at 10:45, 3 weeks before Christmas, Herb lost his job. From the...

The Decline of Science

Jun 16, 2021

By Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Sherri Jane Tenpenny, an Ohio family practitioner and outspoken anti-vaxxer, was, for some reason, invited to testify as an expert witness at the Oh...

Medical Fiction: Nancy & William Make a Wish Part 3 – The Well and Future

Jun 14, 2021

This three-part story (read Part 1 here and part 2 here) is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they ar...

Medical Fiction: Nancy & William Make a Wish Part 2 – Jobs & Homes

Jun 11, 2021

This three-part story (read Part 1 here) 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 ...

Hepatocellular Carcinoma & HIV

Jun 09, 2021

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most prevalent cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and incidence in the US has tripled in the last 4 decades. Comorbidity with HIV complicates an alre...

Medical Fiction: Nancy & William Make a Wish Part 1 - Utopia Without Furniture

Jun 09, 2021

This three-part story 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 mysteri...

Liability When a Patient Refuses Advanced Care

Jun 07, 2021

Q: I have a patient that I have been seeing for quite a while for MS. After some pretty good years she has declined rapidly and has moved in with her sister, who is her caregiver. The problem is that ...

A TikTok challenge: Can it be stopped from harming people?

Jun 07, 2021

Russian doctors endoscopically removed 209 magnetic balls one at a time from the stomach of a two-year-old child. His parents had noticed black stools and colored metal balls in his stools. The figure...

Medical Fiction: Becca & Bevan and the Human Cannonball

Jun 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, an...

Medical Fiction: Freddy & the Fan

May 27, 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, an...

Egos vs. Professionalism and No One Wins

May 18, 2021

An Ohio nephrologist was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge. He had pushed a cardiologist during an argument over the treatment of a hospitalized patient.   According to an article on...

Medical Fiction: Howitzer Harry

May 14, 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, an...

Docs on a plane: Dealing with in-flight emergencies

May 12, 2021

As we emerge from our COVID isolation, air travel is beginning to boom again, and many doctors are concerned about what happens when there is an in-flight emergency. Let’s take a look at that. ...

Medical Fiction: Jayden & Mia Aero

May 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, an...

Doctors in the news and not in a good way: Part 2

May 03, 2021

In this week’s post, physicians’ behavior goes from the ridiculous to the deadly serious. Social media strikes again. TikTok videos show Brazilian plastic surgeon Caren Trisoglio Garcia dan...

Combatting the Stress Endured by First Responders of Organ Donation

Apr 26, 2021

As our national celebration of Donate Life Month draws to a close, it’s important to remember what the frontline workers of organ, eye, and tissue donation will be doing next month—and every month...

Medical Fiction: Fred and the Deadly Filament

Apr 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, an...

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