Tag: Humor

Delivering $5 Million Deutsche Marks on My Bike

| June 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

This was my only chance. I figured the only time I would have an opportunity to do so would be in medical school. I lived in a busy city that employed them, and I could make time to do it. Once I graduated I knew I would have neither the time, nor be close enough […]

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Getting Fired from The Lab

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first real job I had was delivering Chicago Tribunes, Chicago Sun-Times and Wall Street Journals to about 100 homes every morning. There were 48 Tribunes, 48 Sun-Times and 4 Wall Street Journals, give or take, week to week, depending on subscription prices and folks away from home for extended periods of time. At some […]

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The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 2

| April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

In my previous post, The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 1 I wrote briefly about growing up outside of Chicago in a suburb called Cicero. For lack of a better word, Jimmy was perhaps as close a friend as anyone could have in that neighborhood. But one learned from an early age to be […]

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What Do Physicians Give Up for Lent?

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The GomerBlog, a self-proclaimed strictly “satirical and fake news blog site” published a tongue-and-cheek list of what doctors in each specialty have given up for Lent. While GomerBlog discloses “Our articles are not intended to be insensitive, or offensive, or to otherwise belittle those affected with any medical disease, condition, or illness.  We apologize if we have offended you, […]

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German Shepherds to Replace Mammograms

| March 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week a loyal reader sent me a link to an article on Yahoo! that headlined “Dogs detect breast cancer from bandage: researchers” from a French news agency. The article goes on to report that specially trained German Shepherds could successfully detect breast cancer 100% of the time, being able to “recognise cancerous rags from […]

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The Restaurateur Who Thought Like a Pathologist

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Again, the talk of not healthcare reform but rather healthcare payment reform and the interests of lawmakers, physicians, patients, payers and industry at stake with potential significant cost/reimbursement and research budget cuts proposed has led me to thinking, without politicizing, how bizarre it all really can be. My first year of medical school a friend and I […]

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A Conversation With a Clinician

| March 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

This was a phone conversation I had with a clinician many years ago.  There are several like it that every pathologist can relate to. This for some reason sticks out in my head more than most. Healthcare in 2014: Me: Pathology, Dr. Kaplan Dr. Opening: Hi Keith, it’s Mike. Mike Opening. Me: Hi Mike. Dr. […]

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The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy – Part 1

| January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

From the ages of 5 to 10 I lived in Cicero, Illinois with my family. Cicero is likely a place you have never been to or will ever go to. You may have only heard of it in context with Al Capone running his criminal empire from there when he couldn’t do so within the […]

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Will Cancer Still Be a Surgical Disease in 2027?

| December 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we get ready to flip the calendars over to 2017, a year that seems almost made up from the time I was about 10 in 1980 thinking wasn’t even a real number. By now we were supposed to be flying around in our transport pods with flux capacitors, without roads, carrying light sabers perhaps […]

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#SagerStrong

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

RIP Craig Sager – fellow Northwestern alum and once “Willie the Wildcat”. Will miss the questions, comments and the jackets!    

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Mr. Evans

| November 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mr. Evans lived alone, quietly, at the end of our street. It was the house all the kids were afraid of with the old man who would come out on occasion to hand mow his small lawn or pick weeds on occasion. We skipped his place on Halloween, despite the light on the porch being […]

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The Chicago Cubs Have Won the World Series

| November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

In case you missed it.  This is not a dream.  The Cubs did it. After 108 years of waiting, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series with a wild 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The triumph completed their climb back from a 3-1 Series deficit to […]

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Next Year is This Year

| November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last November I wrote a post almost a year to the day entitled “The Chicago Cubs and Digital Pathology” and mentioned that 2016 would be different. For both the Chicago Cubs and digital pathology. But who knew it would come to this? In about 12 hours from the time of this post the Cubs will […]

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One of a Kind – Not So Much

| October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

My father had asked his father in-law many years prior for some money to buy gold. My grandfather apparently told him that was not a good idea and questioned how he was going to feed his kids and put clothes on their backs with gold. Ultimately, he lent my father the money and Nixon took […]

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