Tag: Humor

At the Corner of Happy and Healthy

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

I started writing about my brush with sudden cardiac death this Summer. Since then, modern medicine has kept me reading (pathology slides) and writing (a pathology blog). See: The Clinic Door (http://tissuepathology.com/2017/09/26/the-clinic-door-chapter-1-the-beginning/#axzz4z8CAySi4) and the subsequent part for a quick review of the start of things. One of the major facets of my treatment has been […]

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The Basement

| November 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

This time of year always reminds me of my basement growing up. Having grown up in the Upper Midwest and being fortunate to live in other parts of the country, namely the East coast and South, there is something that we had in our childhood that many children in other parts of the country did […]

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The Clinic Door – Chapter 2: The Emergency Room

| November 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my previous post (see The Clinic Door – Chapter 1: The Beginning) I mentioned becoming ill in August and my introduction to the healthcare system from the perspective of consumer rather than provider.  About a month down from the road from that post, I have had other experiences I hope to talk about but […]

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Will Robot Surgeons Provide Better Clinical Histories?

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Berci Mesko, MD, PhD, The Medical Futurist, a self-proclaimed “geek physician with a PhD in genomics and Amazon Top 100 author” who envisions “the impact of digital health technologies on the future of healthcare, and helps patients, doctors, government regulators and companies make it a reality” recently shared this infographic on Twitter. Berci has a lot […]

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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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