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The Politics of Apathy: What Canadians and Canadian Physicians Need to Know

June 24th 2014 | 2 Comments

Editorial Assistance: Anya Archer “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just … Continue reading

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Patient Centered Care and Personalized Medicine Intersect on the Stage at Medical Grand Rounds: An Interesting Case of Angioedema

May 27th 2014 | No Comments

Angioedema (or so-called Angioneurotic Angiodema) is one of the most frightening medical emergencies. Angioedema is defined as a localized swelling of the skinand/or mucosal tissues. It typically affects areas with … Continue reading

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Human Dignity: How Physicians Can Promote This Oft Neglected Human Right

April 22nd 2014 | 4 Comments

A sense of pride in oneself; self-respect OED “My illness is a routine incident in his rounds while for me it is the crisis of my life. I would feel … Continue reading

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Canadian Physicians as Gatekeepers for the Use of Medical Marijuana in 2014

April 7th 2014 | 2 Comments

Dr. Chris Simpson is interviewed by the CBC’s Evan Solomon on “Power and Politics” on April 1. A patient approaches you with severe rheumatoid arthritis and what she describes as … Continue reading

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Dr. Ludwig Guttmann Saw the Ability in Disabled Veterans: How the Paralympic Games Came to be

March 17th 2014 | 3 Comments

Brian McKeever’s visual impairment helped me to see the true beauty of sport. McKeever and his guide, Graham Nishikawa, had an Olympic moment of the first order in the visually impaired … Continue reading

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Canada’s Brave New World: Overuse of Prescription Narcotics

February 13th 2014 | No Comments

“..there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a week-end, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity … Continue reading

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The Medium is the Message: Why the Department of Medicine Published Our Annual Report as an iBook

February 5th 2014 | 4 Comments

It’s not what you say that matters; it’s the medium through which you say it. That’s a poor paraphrase of Marshall McLuhan’s touchstone phrase, “the medium is the message.” McLuhan … Continue reading

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Conversations That Should Not Be Delayed

December 19th 2013 | No Comments

“When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” ancient Sanskrit saying … Continue reading

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada: One of the World’s Great University Towns Located Just The Right Distance From the Center of the Universe

December 5th 2013 | 2 Comments

Who wants to live on the periphery when one can live at the centre of the Universe? The answer to this question was given to me as an aperitif during … Continue reading

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Cordelia’s Cautionary Tale: How Our Love of Salt Has Made Phosphate the New Sodium

November 18th 2013 | No Comments

Painting of King Lear weeping over the body of his daughter, Cordelia. 18th century oil painting by Irish painter, James Barry. Failing to recognize our love of salt can be … Continue reading

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