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2 months

How to Serve 3 or 4 Sick Care Masters ?

It used to be all that doctors needed to do was serve the primary interests of their patients. Of course, private practice has always been a conflict of interest.

2 months

From Utopia: 4 Principles For Digital Health In 2018

In late December 1516, the English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist (and future catholic saint), Thomas More, published Utopia, a book about an ideal society on an imaginary island in an unknown place faraway across the seas. Even 500 years later it stirs debate as to whether this is some kind of comment or criticism of contemporary European society, blueprint for socialist philosophy, the first work of science fiction or more simply a clever farce. Or perhaps a combination, in some way, of all of these things.

3 months

God, GOOP, and the EPA

Scott Pruitt, the disgraced and departing head of the EPA, sullied that office not only with his scandalous abuses of taxpayer money, but with his obvious disdain for science. Good riddance to him. Alas, both deficiencies he epitomized will survive him. Personal enrichment and indulgence as perks of power and post are a sordid tale as old as civilization. Disdain for science is newer, because science is newer, but it likely emanates from a similar source. Science is a threat to the exercise of absolute authority predicated on false pretenses. Every manner of despot finds it…highly inconvenient.

3 months

My Patient, My Friend: a Sometimes Stressful Relationship

Seeing patients in my OB/GYN office this morning, I try to stave off the mild nervousness rumbling inside of me. My good friend Monica is having a C-section this afternoon, and I’m performing it.

3 months

Nurses Made this Doctor who She is Today

The nurse grabs me. “You have to check my patient now! She is screaming and bearing down.” Without letting go of my hand, she leads me into the labor room. I don’t even consider saying no, I know not to question this nurse. She has been a labor and delivery nurse nearly as long as I have been alive — she knows much more than I about everything.

3 months

Three Beliefs that Hinder Patient Engagement Programmes and How to Overcome Them

Patient centricity is a central philosophy and strategy for virtually all of the top 40 global pharmaceutical companies. What this means and how to achieve it, however, varies considerably.

3 months

Stunning Secrets of Olive Oil

Just a few months ago, I was privileged to speak on a panel at the American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando, FL. My panel, devoted to the benefits of plant-based diets, included prominent champions of plant-exclusive (vegan) diets.