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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Myocardial Infarction with Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA)

When I (JSA) first heard the term MINOCA, it made me think that perhaps it referred to an ancient civilization in Greece resembling the Minoans on Crete. For example, “Archeologists had just unearthed the remains of one of the cities of Minoca in northern Greece.” Of course, for cardiologists, MINOCA has nothing to do with ancient […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Divisions, Departments, and the 2018 Red Sox Baseball Team: Qualities of Leadership That Lead to Success

I am a converted Red Sox baseball fan. I grew up in New Haven, Conn, and was an ardent New York Yankees fan growing up. However, during my many years living in Massachusetts, as well as having numerous contacts with players for the Red Sox at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, I became a […]

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Medical Tourists: Incoming and Outgoing

Patients who travel to another country to seek health care are referred to as medical tourists. The term arose because many Americans seek less expensive elective surgical, dental, or cosmetic procedures while vacationing abroad.1 Of course, US hospitals and physicians have also long cared for medical tourists from other countries. Now, many medical tourists are going […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

The Racial Divide Here at Home

My policy as editor for The American Journal of Medicine (AJM) has been to avoid reviewing books despite the fact that we receive a number of courtesy copies of excellent volumes every month. Because we also receive many outstanding manuscripts, this policy preserves space for our clinical and scientific contributions. However, on a rare occasion, I have […]

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William H. Frishman, M.D.

Reform in House Staff Working Hours and Clinical Supervision

  When we were medical interns (WHF and JSA), training in 1969, the weekday work schedule on the ward services was 36 hours on and 12 hours off. Every other weekend, there was a shift from Saturday morning to late Monday afternoon, 56 straight hours. We were off 1 Sunday every 2 weeks. There were […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Sloppy, Greedy, or Overworked?

In early 2010, my administrative assistant, Barbara Raney, came into my office with a worried expression on her face. She told me that a lawyer from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC was on the phone and wanted to speak with me. My immediate thought was “What have I done that would raise […]

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