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Mystery Illness

What happens to someone when they have an illness that no one can diagnose or treat? It is an all too often scenario in America, one that occurs daily in our region of the country. I suspect there are other regions of our country that are worse. When I was in residency in Cincinnati, Ohio, there was a physician in our training program who was known to diagnose rare illnesses. His name was Dr. Velter. He had a knack for looking at the patient’s history and their clinical laboratory test... Read More
at Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Grass Suffers

Tennessee has the strictest prescription guidelines for opioids in the United States. On first blush, it appears that the state is taking giant steps to stop the opioid crisis and drug overdose fatalities. I think that the concept behind the law is noble, but the substance of the law is deeply flawed. We seem to believe that the opioids are forcing themselves down the throats of patients and creating overdoses just like guns are getting into the hands of mass shooters and killing people. The... Read More
at Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Sinking Ship

The days are getting hotter and so are American politics. The President of the United States has chosen a rogue path to diplomacy with foreign countries. People who follow politics are becoming more and more stressed over the recent unfoldments. I see it every day in my office. To be expected, it is affecting the health of our country. In the past, people shared their politically dissenting views with each other to expand their knowledge and learn from their opponents. Our American society... Read More
at Thursday, July 26, 2018