Robust Thrift

Thrift doesn’t start with seeking sales and clipping coupons, but with a character of contentment.

Disasters strike, both in nations and in families. Hurricanes happen, jobs are lost, and terrorists crash airliners into buildings. Our first reaction is disbelief and disorientation. On 9/11/2001 many Americans spent the day staring at the television, unable to accept that such an attack happened in the USA and uncertain of what the attack meant for our future. On any day, when a family member is diagnosed with terminal cancer, a friend dies in an accident, or a husband loses his job, our normal reaction is stunned silence, fear, sadness, and stunned silence again.

Our second reaction depends on the individual. Some people sink into despair, others begin frenzied work, and still others lash out at whoever or whatever they think is responsible for their pain. Over time, those who are psychologically healthy transform their hardship into a new way of looking at the world, adjust their actions, and resume a normal if inexorably altered life. Those who cannot end up getting help from health care providers and ministers to help them reassemble the pieces of their shattered soul.

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The Year in Disaster and Emergency History

16 Jan – In the Marcellus Flood, also known as the Grote Mandrenke (“great drowning”), up to 100,000 people died across the British Isles, the Netherlands, northern Germany, and Denmark (1362).

17 Jan – Kobe, Japan was demolished by a 7.2 (Richter scale) magnitude earthquake, resulting in almost 7000 deaths and 300,000 people left homeless (1996).

28 Jan – An O-ring on the Space Shuttle Challenger leaked during lift off, sending sparks towards the main liquid fuel tank and causing a massive explosion after 73 seconds that destroyed the vehicle. The seven person crew survived, until the cockpit impacted the Atlantic Ocean after falling 10.5 miles from space (1986).

30 Jan – In the worst maritime disaster in history, the German passenger liner Wilhelm Gustloff carrying over 10,000 refuges was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea. 1236 people survived (1945).

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Medical Lectures

A compendium of some of Dr. Harris’ 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 medical lectures highlighted here have been given to medical students, residents, fellows, and many others to help them master the marvelous and mysterious practice of medicine.

Academic

Aerospace, Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Disaster Medicine

Ebola Preparation and Response

Family Medicine

Opioids – the Back Story

Preventive Medicine

Epidemiology & Biostats for Curious Clinicians

Preventive Medicine by Primary Care Physicians

Sports Medicine

Preventive Sports Medicine

Edutainment

The Ghost of Medicine Past