Category Archives: Professionalism

Pointing Towards Virtue

The 2017-18 year is underway, and this is usually the time for orientations, “boot camps”, links to useful resources, etc. I have some some of the last queued up for soon-to-follow posts, but first wanted to address a deeper matter. … Continue reading

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Quick Followup on Torture

A few years ago, I posted an essay about the medical and psychological, professions’ involvement in torture, particularly of detainees in the war on terror, and my own possible light brush with that world. Last week the New York Times ran … Continue reading

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Medical Cannabis

Welcome to our new residents and new subscribers–our tiny community grew by 3 people this past week–a record! Medical cannabis1I use the term “cannabis” instead of “marijuana” because of the latter’s xenophobic and racist associations. might seem to be an odd … Continue reading

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The Perils of Venture Capital Funding for Clinical Research

When I was a stroke fellow, UCSD was the coordinating center for a multicenter trial of a promising device called NeuroThera, made by a local company called PhotoThera. NeuroThera was kind of like an ultrasound machine, except that instead of insonating … Continue reading

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Legal Matters: Clinical Trial Data and Sports Concussion

Some of the UW residents may recall that we are part of the Insulin Resistance Intervention after Ischemic Stroke (IRIS) trial, a randomized study of pioglitazone vs. placebo for non-diabetic patients who have insulin resistance. (We’re not recruiting anymore, but … Continue reading

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Pearls for July

As we kick off a new year, I’d like to share some thoughts on our approach to patient care and to each other. First, let’s not disparage one another. The neurologist says, “can you believe what those idiot neurosurgeons did?” The … Continue reading

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Don’t be Complicit in Torture

A few years ago, my best friend was getting married. I knew his fiancé well–they had been dating for 9 or 10 years(!) In all that time, I had never met her father. He and his wife had been divorced, … Continue reading

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Social Media as Vectors for Transmission of Psychogenic Illness

Laura Dimon has an interesting piece on The Atlantic’s website, titled “What Witchcraft is Facebook?” (with a picture of Dr. Charcot!) in which she reports on the phenomenon of mass psychogenic illness–basically an epidemic of conversion disorder. Conversion disorder, of … Continue reading

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Learners as Teachers

Too often in medicine, we make fun of our colleagues for their lack of knowledge in our area of expertise, instead of helping them to learn from that expertise. So, I’m passing along some feedback that I just received regarding … Continue reading

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IA Stroke Treatment: Informed Consent Issues

I just posted this to the AAN’s Stroke Section ListServ and figured I’d cross-post it here as well. For those interested in stroke, I encourage you to join the ListServ. I’m actually not sure about how to register, but this … Continue reading

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