Category Archives: Medicine

The Dozen Most Important Advances in Medicine

Tweet Below are what I think the most important advances in medicine since there was such a discipline. With the exception of the first development they are not listed by importance. But the first is so important that it out ranks all the remaining 11 combined. Many of the following discoveries are interrelated. The reader…


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Elderly Go Blind as NHS Ignores Eye Surgery Rationing Advice

Tweet The startling title is the headline from an article in the Times of London. Below are the first two paragraphs from the story: Tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery, senior doctors…


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Rights, Entitlements, and the Cost of Medical Care

Tweet The post previous to this one presented two links. The first was to an article that detailed the upcoming financial failure of Medicare. The second was to an article that outlined Senator Bernie Sanders plan to provide Medicare for all. The unstated implication was that if we couldn’t pay for the Medicare we have…


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Some Things Speak for Themselves

Tweet Medicare to go broke three years earlier than expected, trustees say. Bernie Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare for All’ Bill.


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Alzheimer’s Disease as an Infectious Disease

Tweet In 2005 Barry Marshall and Robert Warren received the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery that about 75% of peptic ulcer disease was infectious – secondary to infection with H pylori, a bacterium. Earlier studies had shown that viruses could cause certain forms of cancer. Kaposi’s sarcoma was a prominent feature of the…


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Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination, and Autism

Tweet The title of this post is the same as that of a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this month. I’ve added a comma before and in the interest of stylistic nicety.  Twenty years ago a fraudulent paper was published in the Lancet which purported to link the MMR vaccine with autism….


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Nicola Fusati

Tweet Nicola Fusacchia (1876-1956) really deserves a spot on this site. After earning a medical degree from the University of Rome in 1901, he trained as a surgeon and became chief of surgery in Norcia Hospital in Perugia in 1904. Somehow he found time to study singing. He made his stage debut as Radames in…


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Systolic Blood Pressure Control and Dementia

Tweet Dementia increases with age. About 50% of the population 85 years or older will experience some degree of cognitive impairment. Obviously, this problem places an enormous burden on those charged with the care of these patients and an economic load on all of society.  There is no treatment currently available to retard cognitive decline…


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New (2019) Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines

Tweet The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new guidelines for the management of elevated blood cholesterol levels. These guidelines focus on LDL-cholesterol. They are summarized in the figure below which can be enlarged by clicking on it. They were published in a short article in the JAMA which is…


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A Brief History of the Renin-Angiotensin System

Tweet If you’re here for the music you still might give this piece a glance. It’s on a subject of immense clinical importance that I’ve tried to present in a fashion accessible to layman while still having some content that might interest physicians. Some of the greatest work in medical pathophysiology has contributed to our…


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