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Finding things hard to swallow? A POEM for you

March 14th 2016 | 1 Comment

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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Animals in Biomedical Research: What they have given us and what we owe them

June 29th 2015 | No Comments

Medical research involving human subjects must conform to generally accepted scientific principles, be based on a thorough knowledge of the scientific literature, other relevant sources of information, and adequate laboratory … Continue reading

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Sunshine Sketches of a little LHIN: Thoughts on health care reform in South Eastern Ontario

May 26th 2015 | 2 Comments

The South East Local Health Integrated Network and SECHEF (the South East Community Care Access Centre and Hospitals Executive Forum) have launched an initiative called Health Care Tomorrow, which invites … Continue reading

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Dr. Archer, Dept. Head
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