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No Time For Patients – ICD 11 and the Banality of Evil

Tweet Talk to your doctor and ask about how much time is spent on the 21st century’s version of paperwork. Also ask about the sense of satisfaction he gets from spending more time in front of a computer than he does interacting with his patients. Having just been confronted with with ICD 10, which contained…


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The First Medical Harvey Award

Tweet The MHA is named for Harvey Kurtzman (no relation) the  founder and first editor of Mad magazine. This award is not to be confused with the Harvey Awards for achievements in comic books. It (the MHA) is given to the authors of any paper in the scientific literature (not including the Journal of Irreproducible…


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Science and Knowledge: The More We Learn the Less We Know

Tweet The Universe is not only stranger than you think; it’s stranger than you can imagine. Richard Feynman The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. WB Yeats I take a walk everyday that passes me by the side entrance to a large building. The door is set at the…


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Bring Back The Abacus

Tweet The complete ingestion of the modern world by the computer has putatively made life easier and allegedly added to the variety and plenty of life’s pleasant experiences. Except when it hasn’t. Yesterday Walgreens informed me that I had a prescription ready for pickup. To make life easier for me they gave me a link…


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My Smart TV Has a Stupid DVR

Tweet The march of technology is like a drunken sailor on his way to the next bar. He more or less knows where it is, but his pickled neurons send him on an erratic path. Thus we get driverless cars that run over a pedestrian in the dark because the car forgot to turn its…


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How to Gum a Steak

Tweet Why would you want to gum a steak? Well, because London’s murder rate now exceeds New York’s. London’s gun laws are tougher than Chuck Norris, so would be murders have resorted to knives. There seems to be no limit to human ingenuity when homicide is the issue. London’s mayor, Shadiq Khan, has responded as…


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Investing for the Long Run

Tweet If you’ve been following the stock market for the last couple of months you’ve likely been afflicted with repeated vasovagal attacks. This is as close to either medicine or opera as I’m going to get in this piece. When the markets submerge the advice emitted by both casual and professional observers is always the…


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Moon Meditations

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Tweet There’s more to the moon than that round object in the sky. You can hang it if you see someone doing something superlative. Of course, if someone does something the opposite you can moon him or them if your object of scorn is plural. You can give it to your object of intense desire…


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How Go Completely Crazy in 25 Easy Steps

Tweet The first thing to accept is that you don’t have to do anything crazy to go completely crazy – a series on rational small steps will get you there. A to B seems at least OK. The same with B to C, all the way to Z. Twenty five rational, or semi-rational, steps and…


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Random Thoughts on Addiction, the Stock Market, and Gerbils on a Wheel

Tweet Having changed the definition of sex, gender, marriage, pronouns, speech, health, victory, defeat, money, bullying, poverty, success, dress, fake news, children, and height, I thought a few ruminations on smoking, addiction, and whatever free association could bring to mind might fill a few paragraphs. On Friday July 28 the FDA announced a comprehensive regulatory…


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