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Emergency! and M*A*S*H and St. Elsewhere

| March 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The last MASH episode aired last month 25 years ago. I remember that like it wasn’t 25 years ago. And news recently that the actor who played MAJ Winchester passed away got me to thinking… Among my peers and colleagues over the years I have asked them why they chose medicine as a career and how […]

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So, is the mass 17 cm or 1.7 cm?

| February 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite YouTube videos is entitled “Surgeon vs. Pathologist” but it could easily be “Pulmonologist” or “Gastroenterologist” or “Urologist” or more “vs. Pathologist”. Every pathologist has their own stories about these incidences and cases. The one below really happened to me years ago (parts of it are intermixed with some details of other […]

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The Barber Shop

| January 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Until I was about 5, my family and I lived above my father’s photography studio along a busy road in a near Western suburb of Chicago. Much like Cicero, that I mentioned a year ago about The Knife Sharpener and Jimmy, unless you lived or worked in Berwyn, there was little reason for you to […]

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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 ( 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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Happy Thanksgiving!

| November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments


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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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Physician Burnout: Is it Real and What is the Cause? Part 1

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

I don’t recall where I read it but I do recall when. In a page of a book written by a physician, he lamented there are three things that can change a person’s life forever (perhaps not in this order but as I recall it): Going to medical school, joining the Army and giving birth […]

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Pinkwashing Comes Early This Year

| September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are not quite to October yet, historically one of my favorite months, the leaves change, cooler days and nights, World Series and the start of hockey season, but Pinkwashing for Pinktober has already begun. Pink brooms and “Sleep Pink” just to name a few I have seen within the past few days. But there […]

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The Clinic Door – Chapter 1: The Beginning

| September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Physicians blog for a myriad of reasons. Some to discuss interesting clinical cases and their interactions with patients and in the case of pathologists, our clinical and pathology colleagues. Some do it to rant and rave about regulations, reimbursements, requirements, EMR adoption and so forth. Some do it as an outlet to share ideas, propagate […]

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Where Have all the Informaticists Gone?

| September 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

On a boat on one or more likely all three of the rivers that course through Pittsburgh, circa 1997, as a medical intern I met several folks who were the recognized leaders in pathology informatics. In the years that followed, between other “APIII” meetings as they were then called – “Anatomic Pathology Informatics, Imaging and […]

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Under Repair

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

News and content will be delayed while we deal with medical issues here at Guest authors and editors are needed if you would like to contact us as the news does not stop but additional capacity and resources are welcome. Thank you for your patience.

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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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What is Wrong with the Veterans Administrations Hospitals?

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

This past Memorial Day weekend I gave a lot of thought to those who have passed defending our freedoms and way of life as well as those who have served and survived to be cared for by our society. About 3 years ago stories began to break about a scandal involving a Veterans Administration (VA) […]

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