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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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Impact of Geriatrician-Performed Comprehensive Geriatric Care on Medication Use and Cognitive Function in Older Adults Referred to a Non-Hospital-Based Rehabilitation Unit

Eighty-eight percent of older adults referred to Danish non-hospital-based rehabilitation units used ≥5 regular drugs per day at the beginning of rehabilitation. The aim of the study was to explore whether geriatrician-performed comprehensive geriatric care had an impact on medication use and cognitive function in older adults after a 90-day follow-up. Methods There were 368 […]

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Medical Principles in Obstetrical Consults

The ideal pregnancy should be medically uncomplicated. In contrast, maternal mortality in the United States equates to approximately 3 deaths per day and averages approximately 1 in 4000 live births (a total of 1063 deaths in 2015).1 Moreover, the annual number of maternal deaths has nearly doubled in the last 25 years for the United States, […]

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‘A Man Walks Into a Bar’: Riddles in the Teaching of Medicine

For some years now, one of us (AV) has enjoyed posing this riddle on teaching rounds with residents.1, 2 A man walks into a bar and makes a wager: He will keep his head submerged in a bucket of water for as long as the patrons wish. If he succeeds, the patrons must each buy him […]

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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 […]

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House Calls

When I was a medical student, 50 years ago, physicians, especially pediatricians, internists, and family physicians, were still making house calls as part of their provision of care for their patients.1 The symbol of the practicing physician at that time was the “black bag,” which contained diagnostic tools like the stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, tuning fork, reflex hammer, […]

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