Medical privacy lost

by Medicine Men -- O HIPAA! Wherefore art thou, HIPAA? No, this is not the love plaint of a wooing male hippopotamus calling out for female companions – it's a plaint about more…

Clean up America's game!

by Medicine Men -- For many years now, a philosophical debate has raged over whether baseball or football is truly America's national pastime. In recent years, football seems to have won the more…

Medical students have rights, too

by Medicine Men -- Doctors and lawyers are not noted for their mutual admiration. This week, however, we two doctors are cheering for the lawyers who are protecting the civil rights of more…

Free speech is good medicine

by Medicine Men -- Do you know about your "Right to Know"? Idiotic question. Of course you do. The purpose of this "Right"? Naturally, to enhance your rights to "Life, Liberty, and more…

Medicine's Vietnam

by Medicine Men -- For 35 years, Ron Glasser has pursued two passions. The Minneapolis physician has enjoyed a distinguished career as a pediatric nephrologist, or kidney specialist. And he has authored more…

Attacking alternative medicine

by Medicine Men -- What constitutes "non-conventional" medical treatment these days? That depends on whom you ask. An internist may say acupuncture, though an orthopedist routinely "needles" his patients. Allergists regularly employ more…

Calling American Jews

by Medicine Men -- Some statements fall into the category, "True, but not very helpful." Others might be classed as, "Helpful, but not very true." And some statements manage to be both more…

Should insurance cover crazies?

by Medicine Men -- Sometime toward the end of the last millennium, we Americans developed a curious notion. Everything that's good should be a right. We forgot that how we manufacture and more…

We need a surgeon general, stat!

by Medicine Men -- Just as we sat down to reactivate our carpal tunnel syndrome, in order to complain that the four most important public-health positions in the country are or will more…

The scoop on soot: A dirty rotten shame?

by Medicine Men -- Sigmund Freud once remarked that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Our subject today is soot, and the fact that, sometimes, soot is just soot. But sometimes more…