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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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The Case of the Invisible Worm: The Immigrant’s Nemesis

April 16th 2015 | 1 Comment

When it comes to parasitic infestations, geography (or at least country of origin) is destiny. Billions of people have parasitic infections. They largely relate to social conditions and parasitic diseases … Continue reading

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Patient-Oriented Care: A disruptive idea that will reshape hospitals

March 25th 2015 | 1 Comment

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde  A guest blog featuring Dr. David Holland, Nephrology I asked Dr. David Holland, … Continue reading

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The Th.D. and Innovation at University Hospitals: Advice From The Wizard of Oz

March 3rd 2015 | No Comments

The Th.D. and Innovation at University Hospitals: Advice From The Wizard of Oz Wizard of Oz: Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature … Continue reading

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Skin in the Game: Research, Education and Mohs Surgery-Queen’s has it all

February 10th 2015 | 3 Comments

Spoiler alert-this is a good news story (but it starts out with some depressing facts) When I was in Medical school (1977-81), Queen’s University had 3-4 dermatologists. When I returned … Continue reading

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