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Why Families Should Consider Forgoing CPR

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Physicians usually become adept at choosing medications for the complaints and illnesses that patients bring to their attention.
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It happens a few times a month: I get a request for a meeting with a family struggling…

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Dealing with Family Strife

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Physicians usually become adept at choosing medications for the complaints and illnesses that patients bring to their attention.
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One always hopes that as medical practitioners, we will be able to focus our attention on the medical issues faced by seniors…

One always hopes that as medical practitioners, we will be able to focus our attention on the medical issues faced by seniors and help families cope with the fears, disappointments and tragedies that are faced by loved ones in the midst of what are often life-altering illnesses.

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It is the age of the bionic person…
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Many older patients of mine have metal implants in their limbs following some form of reconstructive surgery…

Many older patients of mine have metal implants in their limbs following some form of reconstructive surgery. It is the age of the bionic person.

With so many "snowbirds" and with security metal detectors almost everywhere, there is often an expressed concern about whether having a metal implant in the hip or knee might delay you or lead to problems when you pass through airport or cruise security metal detectors.

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Make sure your Substitute Decision-Maker Understand the Rules of Engagement

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Ihave heard it many times, “ I am the POA"…
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I have heard it many times, “ I am the POA" (wrong use of the term—what they mean is the SDM-Substitute-Decision-Maker or as is often used in the United States Proxy: the POA is in fact the document outlining the substance of the decisions that are being referred to).

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Any Reason to not Enjoy Sex if you are in a Nursing Home?

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A while back there was a headline in the New York Times about a well-known retired politician…
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A while back there was a headline in the New York Times about a well-known retired politician who was charged with rape for allegedly having sexual relations with his wife.

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Digoxin for the Control of Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms in Palliative Care

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One of the great things about the history of medicine is how new ideas and approaches to care replace those that were previously the "gold standard" fall by the wayside and are replaced with newer and more effective treatments.
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One of the great things about the history of medicine is how new ideas and approaches to care replace those that were previously the "gold standard"…

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Lecture in Dundee Scotland—Reviving Old Wonderful Memories

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When I graduated from medical school in 1966, geriatrics was already one of the medical subspecialties in Scotland...
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I was the honoured speaker for this lecture series endowed in the Name of Miriam Friedman ben-David...

First Inaugural Miriam Friedman Lecturer: Dundee Scotland May 5, 2015
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More Than Child’s Play: Ethics of Doll Therapy in Dementia

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If one is in medical practice long enough it sometimes seems like that sense one gets when sitting in a waiting room and picking up a years old copy of Time® magazine and not realize that it is years out of date, as many of the stories seem to be the same or very familiar.
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