End of medicine?

by Medicine Men -- It's an ominous phrase – "the point of no return." It means exactly what it says – the moment in a journey or a process after which return more…

Docs deserve a little credit

by Medicine Men -- A couple dozen centuries ago, Plato defined courage as "endurance of the soul." More recently, Hemingway called it "grace under pressure." Sept. 11 certainly provided countless examples of more…

Which war are we fighting?

by Medicine Men -- "Don't you know there's a war on?" So ran one of the more popular admonitions of World War II. It meant, in effect, "What you're doing ain't exactly more…

Political war profiteering

by Medicine Men -- And so it came to pass, in the fall of 2001, that the federal government, having taken unto itself great new powers to fight terrorists, turned its attention more…

Hollow sincerity

by Medicine Men -- The weeks since 9-11 have been a time of great heroism and unity. They have also been a time for certain groups and persons to disgrace themselves. The more…

Super smallpox Saturdays?

by Medicine Men -- In 1957, we had Sabin Oral Sundays to inoculate against the scourge of polio. With the current smallpox scare-athon, do we now need Super Smallpox Saturdays? Dr. Donald more…

Managing health care quality

by Medicine Men -- When the murderous attacks on America have been dealt with – and they will be – the country can return again to arguing with more common sense, we more…

Rebirth of common sense

by Medicine Men -- The last portion of the 20th century witnessed the death of common sense. In war, truth may or may not be the first casualty. But in this war, more…

Kiss patients' rights goodbye?

by Medicine Men -- Civilization is a tricky affair. It depends on two opposite conditions. One is our ability to live and work together – especially under conditions of common danger and more…

Attacking anthrax anxiety

by Medicine Men -- There they go again. Nature abhors a vacuum. That's why the media have to fill every second of air time and inch of page space. But where the more…