BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
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Category Archives: Medicine
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A tsunami doesn’t behave like I used to think. I used to think of it as an approaching wall of water, but now that I have seen the clips from Japan I realize it is more like an oozing tide … Continue reading
Boiling It Down
With confirmation bias rampant, sometimes it makes sense to me to try to boil problems down to basics, so I have tried to do that here. A writer in the Globe thinks he is the only one who can see … Continue reading
A Message From Your Dutch Uncle
Two things motivate me to expand on the idea that fixing medical care is the key to our financial woes. One is that despite all my words, even some of my blog correspondents do not understand the central concept of what … Continue reading