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Diminishing Patient Face Time in Residencies and Patient-Centered Care

One of the more important recommendations coming from the Institute of Medicine’s seminal report on medical errors was the pressing need to implement patient-centered medical care. Although emphatically endorsed and highly influential, adoption of its 6 dimensions in “real life” has been slow, uncommon, and imperfect in most settings studied. Considering how residents spend their […]

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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

On Immigration: Welcome to America!

During the recent presidential campaign in the US, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, had a number of negative things to say about recent immigrants to the US. While I typically avoid political issues in my commentaries in The American Journal of Medicine, with this editorial, I would like to go on record as disagreeing with President […]

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Silent Atrial Fibrillation and Cryptogenic Strokes

A new suspected cause of cryptic strokes is “silent atrial fibrillation.” Pacemakers and other implanted devices allow continuous recording of cardiac rhythm for months or years. They have discovered that short periods of atrial fibrillation lasting minutes or hours are frequent and usually are asymptomatic. A meta-analysis of 50 studies involving more than 10,000 patients […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

Digital Medicine: “O Brave New World”

Recently, I participated in an international meeting in Nanjing, China on digital medicine. The meeting was sponsored by the Chinese Society of Digital Medicine and the newly formed International Society of Digital Medicine, both under the leadership of the remarkably energetic and effective professor, Shaoxiang Zhang from Chongqing, China. For my part of the meeting, […]

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Nonobstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Out of the Shadows

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was first recognized as a disease of obstruction to left ventricular outflow, hence, its early names and acronyms such as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic obstruction. The nonobstructive subset of patients, incapable of developing mechanical impedance to left ventricular outflow at rest or with physiologic exercise, was initially recognized by the Braunwald group at the […]

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