Physicians

The decline and fall of toilet paper or How to assess a civilization by David C. Stolinsky, MD

There are many ways to assess a civilization. It all depends on your point of view. Some people believe we are advancing. These people point to a woman’s “freedom to choose,” more “rights” for those accused of crimes, and greater “tolerance.” Other people believe we are declining. These people point to nearly a million babies killed …

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Forgotten lessons on medical history for medical students

A Prelude to Medical History (1961) by Dr. Félix Martí-Ibáñez (1911-1972) is a short but interesting book on medical history based on a series of lectures to an entering class of medical students, who the author welcomes with excitement and jubilation. Martí-Ibáñez emphasizes such traits as greatness with humility and compassion with learning in medical …

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Doctors to Spy on Patients’ Gun Ownership by Miguel A. Faria, MD

Just when you thought talking to your doctor or psychiatrist was one of the most private and confidential things you could do … think again.(1) In what it describes as an effort to curb handgun violence, a group called Doctors Against Handgun Injury is calling for sweeping changes in doctor-patient confidentiality that would allow doctors, …

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Physician Unionization

Although I agree with your editorial on unionization, I must ask why are physicians really forming unions? Why are editors of medical journals, such as the Annals of Internal Medicine (April 20, 1999), calling again for “universal coverage” and “health care as a right?” They are already anticipating the collapse of the “managed care free …

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