The Mystery of Solar Totality

The solar eclipse of 2017 has meaning far beyond the moon passing in front of the sun. 21 August 2017 will be an important day in astronomical history. A total eclipse of the sun will occur, cutting a 70-mile-wide path from Salem, OR to Columbia, SC in the United States.  The physics of this event… Read More The Mystery of Solar Totality

Fame – A Mathematical Model

A non-quantitative way to think about fame, how to increase it, and how to manage it.  (Fame) I’m gonna live forever I’m gonna learn how to fly (High) I feel it coming together People will see me and cry (Fame) I’m gonna make it to heaven Light up the sky like a flame (Fame) I’m… Read More Fame – A Mathematical Model

A Christian Philosophy of Education

What is Christian, as opposed to secular, education? How do educational theories apply? What should Christians do? I was reading George Knight’s classic Philosophy and Education on a recent flight from Charlotte to Memphis when Paul, a young man in the seat beside me, struck up a conversation. A Punjabi Sikh, Paul had been a… Read More A Christian Philosophy of Education

Health Care Foibles – A Personal Tale

An example of the stupid things even doctors do when it comes to health care.  In March of 2013 I wrote Healing the Health Care Cost Conundrum. Four years later, in March of 2017, I have retired from the US Army and am practicing medicine in Memphis, TN. My practice is in the inner city,… Read More Health Care Foibles – A Personal Tale

The Next Surgeon General

As Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency, media outlets are aflutter with his nominees for Cabinet positions, and office seekers are glued to telephones calling for Executive Branch jobs. Amidst the tumult, President-elect Trump should soon consider another job that must be filled. It is less powerful than many cabinet positions, but often high… Read More The Next Surgeon General

Health and the 2016 US Presidential Candidates

The 2016 Presidential Campaign is nearing its end; in only two weeks American voters will decide who, most likely Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, will sit in the Oval Office. The US presidency is a hard job, with grueling hours and the need to make critical decisions at any time, day or night. Campaigning for… Read More Health and the 2016 US Presidential Candidates

Mental Health – Context of Care and Recovery

Years ago a friend of mine was abandoned by her husband. She and her sons have remained in the church but now the boys are out of the house and she is alone. A couple of months ago I saw her in the hall and greeted her with a big hug. Her eyes lit up… Read More Mental Health – Context of Care and Recovery

Public Health

In 2009 I wrote an article detailing the three most important factors in ensuring the health and security of a people: societal stability, public health, and primary care. The article studied the Black Death, the Great Influenza, and other key events in history to determine how these three factors, or lack thereof, impacted people’s lives.… Read More Public Health

Numbers for Life and Work

Some people love numbers, working with them, playing with them, and thinking about them. Other people do not. In my leadership roles I have found that many people do not even have a basic understanding of how to use numbers in their work. Concepts like types of numbers, percentages, slopes and trends are foreign to… Read More Numbers for Life and Work

Early American Medicine

This summer my family and I explored Fort Ligonier, an eighteenth century British fort in Western Pennsylvania, and the Bushy Run Battlefield, a historic site of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). My children opined about what it must have been like to live in those days. As we looked at the hospital buildings, however, my… Read More Early American Medicine