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Hot Joints Become a Hot Topic: A New Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic at Queen’s University

April 25th 2016 | No Comments

      Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune condition that causes joint pain and swelling, systemic fatigue and ultimately can lead to joint deformity and disability. It afflicts … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Reading for Pleasure

April 12th 2016 | 9 Comments

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx A good book takes us to other worlds and … Continue reading

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Finding things hard to swallow? A POEM for you

March 14th 2016 | No Comments

Q: What benign condition causes weight loss, difficulty swallowing solids and liquids, regurgitation, and retrosternal chest pain? A: Achalasia Q: Where in Canada can the latest, nonsurgical treatment for achalasia … Continue reading

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Zika, Chikungunya and Mosquitoes: To the Vector goes the Spoils

February 10th 2016 | No Comments

The emergence of these novel viral pathogens underscore the fact that we have entered into a brave new world of infectious diseases, some of which are far more likely to … Continue reading

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What is the Opposite of Schadenfreude?

January 6th 2016 | 2 Comments

It is December 3rd, 2015. I am standing in Grant Hall at Queen’s University, surrounded by students, faculty and reporters. Faces are illuminated with smiles. There is palpable feeling of … Continue reading

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A Snapshot of Physician Happiness: The Department of Medicine’s GNH in 2015

December 7th 2015 | 4 Comments

The Kingdom of Bhutan measures their national wealth in terms of GNH: Gross National Happiness, rather than money. They have done this since 1971, rejecting the standard reporting metric of … Continue reading

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I’ll be me: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease Through the Music of Glen Campbell

November 10th 2015 | 4 Comments

The Arts reveal the impact of disease with clarity that no medical paper or scientific presentation can achieve When I was 14 years old I started playing guitar. I had … Continue reading

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Regulatory Fundamentalism: Is persnickety regulatory rigor impeding clinical trials and paradoxically reducing patient safety?

November 2nd 2015 | No Comments

Regulatory Fundamentalism: An overly strict application of the rules governing the conduct of clinical trials that increases research costs and slows the speed of RCTs without improving safety. Let’s say … Continue reading

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An Off-Site, Academic, Medical Clinic in Kingston: Time to consider a dangerous idea?

October 6th 2015 | 1 Comment

What is a dangerous idea? It’s a concept or worldview that moves us from the way we traditionally do things to a new paradigm. Dangerous ideas usually are inspired by … Continue reading

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Resuscitating the Autopsy: Why our current 7% rate of non-forensic autopsies is unacceptable (and a suggestion for a remedy)

September 8th 2015 | 2 Comments

Autopsy: a postmortem examination. From Greek, autoptēs ‘eyewitness’ (autos ‘self’ + optos ‘seen’). Medicine has a longstanding practice of conducting Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) rounds. These rounds serve to improve … Continue reading

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Dr. Archer, Dept. Head
Dr. Archer, Dept. Head