Monthly Archives: May 2016

Daisy For President

Can a dog run for President of the United States? The answer is an unequivocal yes! Let me quote the Constitution: No person except a natural born citizen , or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adaption of this Constitution shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall…

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96-year-old Dr Henry Heimlich Does His Eponymous Maneuver For the First Time

This one is too good to pass on. Retired surgeon Henry Heimlich performed for the first time the maneuver he invented at the retirement center in Cincinnati that is his home. “When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward the table. Gaines has been…

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When to Start Dialysis in Patients with Acute Kidney Injury

When to start renal replacement therapy in patients with AKI has been a serious and incompletely answered question for as long as dialysis has been available to treat it. The seriousness of this disorder derives from its frequency, associated mortality, and cost. The JAMA contains a new study, Effect of Early vs Delayed Initiation of Renal…

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Shostakovich Violin Concerto #1 and Symphony #11

Disc 8 of the Shostakovich series, conducted by Valery Gergiev, mentioned in my last post contains the performance of the above music recorded at the Salle Pleyel on February 18, 2014. The soloist is the the great Russian violinist Vadim Repin. The first violin concerto (opus 77) was written in 1947-8. It was dedicated to David Oistrakh…

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Shostakovich Complete Symphonies and Concertos

Arthaus Musik has released an 8 disc DVD set of all the Shostakovich Symphonies and Concertos. Valery Gergiev, perhaps the best conductor of the Russian master now active, leads soloists and the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra and chorus in performances recorded at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. These recording were made in 2013/14. I just received…

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Javier Camarena

Mexico is producing great tenors with the same astonishing frequency as the Dominican Republic emits major league baseball players. Javier Camarena is the latest, and perhaps the best, of the Mexican tenors to appear at the world’s great opera houses. He has sung only 20 performances at the Met, but has already emerged as a…

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