Archive | guns RSS feed for this section
handgun painted with american flag

Twenty Children, Six Teachers, Two Sets of Eyes, a Dog, and a Transformation

Twenty children, six teachers, two sets of eyes, and a dog were a terribly tragic catalyst for my metamorphosis as a physician and person. Let me explain. Until the cataclysmic event, I was an academic physician at an Ivy League institution who worshipped at the altar of evidence-based medicine and thought housestaff and students should […]

Read more
Samples of meat from the patient's freezer were analyzed by x-ray study to determine the presence of metal fragments. Two packages of ground deer meat (UL and UR) and one package of ground goat (LL) revealed a number of large metal fragments (black arrows) throughout the meat (Panel A). Each package of meat was approximately 1 kg. Upon further examination at higher resolution it became clear that there were smaller metal fragments throughout the samples (orange arrows). When selecting bullets, hunters have a choice of materials. Three of the common options are lead bullets, lead-core copper-jacketed bullets, or lead-free bullets (Panel B). All bullets shown are 165-grain, 30-caliber rifle bullets. Importantly, hunters may confuse the copper-jacketed lead bullets with bullets that are lead free, as they have a copper jacket covering most of the lead core.

Hidden Giant: Medium Vessel Vasculitis as a Cause for Unresolving Fever

The purpose of this article is to determine if conversion from eating wild game harvested with lead-based ammunition to nonlead-based ammunition results in lower blood lead levels. Supersonic injection of toxin-leeching frangible projectiles into food is intuitively bad. As much as 95% of the ~13.7 million hunters in the United States choose shrapnel-inducing lead bullets […]

Read more
Glock

How Physicians Can Reduce Suicide—Without Changing Anyone’s Mental Health

Suicide is the leading cause of injury death in the US, and its rate has increased in recent years. On an average day, over 115 Americans take their lives. A typical physician’s patient is more likely to die from suicide than from motor vehicle crashes, falls, unintentional overdose, or homicide. Most people who die by suicide […]

Read more
handgun painted with american flag

Violent Death Rates: US vs 22 Other Countries

Gun deaths in US remain highest among 23 high-income nations worldwide. A new study published in the March 2016 issue of The American Journal of Medicine reveals that Americans are 10 times more likely to die from firearms than citizens of other developed countries. Specifically, gun homicide rates are 25 times higher in the U.S. […]

Read more
Glock

Post Modern Stress Disorder: Violence & Health

With mass shootings and terrorist attacks erupting randomly around the globe– from Oregon to Paris to Beirut to Colorado Springs to San Bernadino— life at the close of 2015 is violent and stressful. Hours after a husband-wife team shot up a holiday party for public health workers in San Bernadino, the Boston Globe released a story stating that […]

Read more
Glock

Firearm-related Hospitalizations Track Ups & Downs of US Stock Market

Over 2001-2011, the national incidence of firearm-related hospitalizations has closely tracked the national stock market performance, suggesting that economic perturbations and resultant insecurities might underlie the perpetuation of firearm-related injuries, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine. Although the fatality rates have remained stable over the last two decades, the […]

Read more
UA-42320404-1