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Book Review: The Frontal Lobes and Neuropsychiatric Illness. Reviewed by Miguel A. Faria, MD

The Frontal Lobes and Neuropsychiatric Illness (2001) by Drs Stephen P. Salloway, Paul F. Malloy, and James D. Duffy (editors) provides an excellent summation on the state of knowledge of prefrontal lobe dysfunction in neuropsychiatry. It is written in four parts. Part 1 is Introduction; Part 2, “Functional Organization of Prefrontal Lobe Systems” consists of …

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Regimentation in medicine and its human price (Part 2) by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

When I was in training, we used to hear horror stories about the coming “cook-book” medicine in which doctors would be given a list of preordained methods for diagnosing and treating various diseases handed down by medical elites. This relegates the physician to little more than a cog in the wheel of the State, obediently …

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Regimentation in medicine and the death of creativity (Part 1) by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Until quite recently, the practice of medicine was considered an art, which incorporated a significant modicum of science, yet was itself not a pure and applied science, such as physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry. Sir William Osler (1849-1919), one of the greatest medical minds, not only in the science of medicine, but more so the …

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Hammurabi, Defensive Medicine, and Practice Guidelines

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) On Managed Care And Cutting-Edge Technology In the wake of the epochal November 1994 elections that swept conservatives to power, and hopefully a new philosophy of health reform—viz, economic incentives to promote …

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