Mea sententia...

Mea Sententia translates roughly as 'My Opinion' and 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 personal/family anecdotes.

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Two very different cultures in medicine

Was the surgeon a princess, complaining about a pea under her mattress? Or am I a sheeple, accepting a woefully inadequate system? What do you think?

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The admission ticket

Why does the ‘chief complaint’ make me think about  pancakes and fig newtons? The chief complaint may just be an admission ticket.


 

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Is the patient always right?

Patient satisfaction has become a prominent goal in health care. Is this a good thing?

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The ice-pick headache

Life is stranger than fiction. There is an entity known as the ‘ice-pick headache’ but this was different. 

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Why I decided against pediatrics

I am often asked by friends and colleagues why I did not become a pediatrician. 

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She thinks I'm real

As a child, I looked forward to the infrequent family outings that involved a restaurant. As the eldest of three, it gave me a chance to strut my stuff in front of my sisters: I was allowed to order without much interference, so it was a rare opportunity to have a cheeseburger, fries and the most chocolate item available for dessert. 

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When the improbable becomes the inevitable

“Just keep doing tests. Eventually you are bound to find something.”  She was right, of course. But not in the way she meant.

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Stranger in a strange land

I find myself a stranger in a strange land, or (more prosaically) a square peg being forced into a round hole.

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Infestation...

After decades of hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking and swimming in various back country environments, it finally happened. I have been colonized. Beaver fever, also known as giardiasis, caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia.  Enjoying my metronidazole.

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Incrementalism and the status quo

I was recently told that ‘the problem’ underlying my often strained relationship with the institution where I work is that I am a revolutionary working in an institution committed to incrementalism.

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