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Gratitude-2014

As some of you know. I have been hospitalized for the past three weeks, so I am a little delayed in posting.  Should be OK, now.  LZ Gratitude-2014 By Leonard Zwelling (for Dr. Frank Allen)          One of my most important spiritual teachers gifted me the concept that the only rational response to life was gratitude. I ...

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A Great Christmas Gift: How to Add 20 Yards to Your Drive

A Great Christmas Gift: How to Add 20 Yards to Your Drive By Leonard Zwelling (For Dr. Martin Raber)          Golf is a four-letter word. And for good reason. As the late, great Robin Williams describes it’s a truly “f..cked up” game where you try to poke a ball into a gopher hole 18 friggin’ ...

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FECKLESS

Feckless By Leonard Zwelling          First, a small apology. Some of you know that I have been an in-patient at Hermann after some pretty major surgery on December 9 and am just crawling back to the keyboard.          Second, I have been wanting to write this one for a long, long time and I believe ...

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EMRs May Be An Answer: What Was the Question?

EMRs May Be An Answer: What Was the Question? By Leonard Zwelling          The term EMR may be rather new. I hadn’t heard it a lot until I got to DC. The electronic medical record was one of the many “innovations” being hawked by the Democrats on Capitol Hill and particularly within the Executive Branch ...

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TORTURE

Torture By Leonard Zwelling          There really wasn’t a whole lot new in the Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the US CIA against our enemies in a non-declared war in Afghanistan and other sites. Many people behaved badly and though there is some debate about whether these inhuman methods unearthed any actionable ...

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On the Wrong Side of the Scalpel: The Doctor as Patient

On the Wrong Side of the Scalpel: The Doctor as Patient By Leonard Zwelling          Many books and articles have been written by doctors who get sick. They each describe the experience of illness from the other side of the stethoscope. Being on the other side of the scalpel is a bit worse. It really ...

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One Reason the Faculty Are Ignored : Leadership Acts Like It Is Acceptable To Do So

One Reason the Faculty Are Ignored : Leadership Acts Like It Is Acceptable To Do So  By Leonard Zwelling http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/opinion/sunday/adam-grant-and-sheryl-sandberg-on-discrimination-at-work.html?ref=opinion&_r=0          In this short op-ed in Sunday’s (Dec 7) NY Times, Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School at Penn and Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, write about real research into the nature ...

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Oh Medicine, My Medicine

Oh Medicine, My Medicine By Leonard Zwelling (For the late, great Dr. Bruce W. Dixon, a great mentor to hippie interns) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/health/private-oncologists-being-forced-out-leaving-patients-to-face-higher-bills.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3As%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A9%22%7D&_r=0          This is one of many articles published of late that addresses the issue of cancer drug costs and prices or reimbursement rates (There’s a difference. The cost is what the doc pays, ...

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