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The Need to Feed—A Powerful Force

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The mothers of all living species appear to have a biologically determined need to feed their young.
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Food is clearly one of the essentials of life. Most people in the more developed world consider food as much for its culinary delights and aesthetics than for its nourishment attributes.

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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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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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Why a Section on Ethics?

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At the time of my medical training, the term medical ethics was hardly used when discussing complex issues related to patients and families.
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For most of us in practice in the 1960’s when I attended and completed medical school, the main source and inspiration for medical ethics was Hippocrates…

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Discussions with your Doctor about your Future Wishes

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There are days in my clinic where I seem to be having the same conversation over and over…
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There are days in my clinic where I seem to be having the same conversation over and over—but with a different patient and different family.

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