Doctors lie all the time. Call it hubris “I can do THIS for you!”, call it denial “I KNOW you are going to get better!”, call it what you want. But nowhere do they lie more than when you ask them if they want their children to go to medical school. Most of them come… Continue reading THE FREEDOM TO BE NEEDED
September 11, 2001 was supposed to be a very good day. It was my mother’s seventieth birthday, and she and my father were scheduled to fly from their home in Colorado to New York City to celebrate with my sister, who lived on West 72nd Street, a few blocks from the famous Museum of Natural… Continue reading Fallout
It occurs to me that I say this quite a bit. It applies to a lot of things in my world—living in an area where natural disasters are a way of life, my van stands gassed up and ready to roll with dog crates, blankets, extra water, cleaning supplies, a change of clothes and even… Continue reading Expect the Best (but prepare for the worst!)
After that last uplifting little story, I figure I better write Part Two of “Why I Am Not A Psychiatrist”. It’s always important to have a good laugh after a good cry! So back to my Adventures in Psychiatry. As I mentioned before, my psychiatry rotation was at the VA Hospital. My attending physician was… Continue reading Why I Am Not a Psychiatrist #2
“Blame It On The Bossa Nova” (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) I was at a dance when he caught my eye Standin’ all alone lookin’ sad and shy We began to dance, swaying’ to and fro And soon I knew I’d never let him go Blame it on the bossa nova with its magic… Continue reading Blame it on the radiation!
In another life, I would have been a film maker. Not an actor, or a set designer or even a cinematographer. I would have been The Director. It’s obvious isn’t it? It’s all about being The Person In Charge. So even though I hate cancer movies, I have to confess to a little bit of… Continue reading “The Bucket List”, or Why I Hate Cancer Movies
Patients often come to me with the idea that they need to take antioxidants to either “prevent cancer” (Sorry Bud, you already have it!), or to “repair the damage from radiation”. Here’s the thing. We don’t WANT to repair the damage from radiation. We want to KILL those suckers! Here’s the syllogism: Radiation causes… Continue reading Antioxidants