Mea sententia...

Mea Sententia (which translates roughly as 'My Opinion') has been my intermittent blog since 2011. Much of my writing is about medical issues, but my topics range through philosophy, behavioral and decision making, management, humor, and persona/family anecdotes.
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a total stranger...

a total stranger one black day


(by edward estlin (e e ) cummings)


a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me-- 

who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was 

-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other's each.

 


 

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Mangled medicalese

The language of medicine is highly evolved and complex and allows clear, detailed, specific and unambiguous descriptions. Except when it’s not.

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Chaos

"Without order nothing can exist - without chaos nothing can evolve."

(Unknown)


 

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Stickiness

An important part of medical care is the sharing of information.

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Innovate or devolve

“If you are not innovating, you are deteriorating.” 

― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha


 

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Is preventive care cost-effective or valuable?

It has become fashionable to assess the ‘value’ of medical care with a financial metric: Is this test cost effective? Does that intervention save money? 

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Inertia

The problem with bureaucracy is reluctance to respond to change. Its motto is 'Ready, aim, aim, aim, aim …'  It just can't pull the trigger! 

(Anonymous)

 

status quo

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Frozen pipes and PTSD

I know when and why I developed PTSD (Pipe Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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My nightmare on snowshoes

I love to snowshoe in the fields and woods behind my house.

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My Marlboro moment

If you grew up in a smoking household back in the 1950s, you probably experimented with cigarettes on the sly.   I know I did, in elementary school.


 

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