Category Archives: Medicine

Germs

Germs. They’re everywhere.  When you think about it, they are probably densest and most problematic on surfaces like toilet doors and handles, shopping cart handles/toddler seats, and, think about this one:  salt shakers and condiment containers in restaurants.  Anyone want … Continue reading

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Checklists

According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical errors in what is supposedly the best healthcare system in the world kill about 250,000 people a year, making them the sixth leading cause of death in … Continue reading

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A Naval Approach to Healthcare

Most Americans find the notion of “socialized medicine” to be abhorrent. In most citizens the concept evokes visions of a moribund, inefficient bureaucracy more concerned with paperwork than in attending to the complexities of health problems. However, I would like … Continue reading

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Healthcare Enlightenment

Here is another update on the high cost of American healthcare, for those of you who subscribed or commented on “A Simple Picture”. You see, I have had it pointed out to me twice now on other blogs by a … Continue reading

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A Dental Memoir

Here in the year 2011 it is easy to forget just how different life is than just a few generations ago. I was reminded of this when Indiana Jen posted on the 1887 anniversary of the death of a famous … Continue reading

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Ice Bergs and Ice Cubes

The financial crisis in healthcare dwarfs all other federal budget problems.  It is an iceberg, and the ship of state is headed right for it.  The ACA does not do enough to rein in medical costs that continue to outpace … Continue reading

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Grace Under Pressure

The recent failure of a seam in the aluminum skin of a Southwest Boeing 737 jet is cause for reflection on how modern engineering affects our lives.  It has only been about a century that we have had airplanes, or … Continue reading

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