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

The Year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics History

7 Jan – The first trans-Atlantic telephone service, from New York to London, was established (1927). 7 Jan – Japan launched the Sakigake, the first non-US and non-Soviet deep space probe and interplanetary spacecraft (1985). 16 Jan – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated… Read More The Year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics History

The Year in Medical History

1 Jan – German scientist William Rontgen announced his discovery of x-rays (1896). 1 Jan – All cigarette packages sold in the US were required to include the US Surgeon General’s warning “Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health (1966) 1 Jan – The first law requiring fluoridation of public water supplies became… Read More The Year in Medical History

Understanding Problems

Ever feel like your problems are so big that you can’t even understand them, much less deal with them? Ever feel impotent to grasp others’ problems, much less help them with them? Approaching the topic first from a medical and then from a larger perspective, the attached article may provide some insight. Understanding Problems

Slaves to the Numbers

The topic of our study in the young married adult class at church yesterday was “Leaving a Legacy”. For the first time in years, I did not have to teach and so had the rare privilege of just listening. The teacher was describing the importance of being intentional and taking time to build a legacy… Read More Slaves to the Numbers

Checklist for Evaluating Articles in the Medical Literature

Title and General 1.    Is the title appropriate? 2.    Are the authors appropriately identified? 3.    Does information on conflict of interest or other disclaimers appear in the article? Abstract 1.    Does the abstract entice the reader to read the article? 2.    Does the abstract correctly summarize the study and its findings? Objective 1.    Objective(s) 2.   … Read More Checklist for Evaluating Articles in the Medical Literature

Medical Lectures

From Hippocrates (460-377 BC) through Galen (130-200 AD) through Osler (1849-1919) and until the present day, medical knowledge has been handed down from teachers to students through the spoken and written word. The excellent physician wields the weapons of science, art, and craftsmanship in his unending battle against disease and injury in his patients. The… Read More Medical Lectures

Seven Secrets of Health: #3 – Maximal Musculoskeletal

A man in his 70s came to the Nirschl Sports Medicine Center in Virginia. His chief complaint was mild weakness in his golf swing for several months, but no pain or other functional limitation. His exam was unremarkable except for asymmetric weakness in the right shoulder. We ordered a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to… Read More Seven Secrets of Health: #3 – Maximal Musculoskeletal

Seven Secrets of Health: #2 – Keep Life in Balance

In the movie Karate Kid, the martial arts master Mr. Miyagi tells his student Daniel “Got to learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good.”  It cannot be denied that in athletics and in all of health and fitness, balance is a fundamental goal. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines balance as “a… Read More Seven Secrets of Health: #2 – Keep Life in Balance