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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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Choosing Wisely to Avoid Harm

October 28th 2013 | 4 Comments

Five Things You Can (Not) Do to Improve Patient Care “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents … Continue reading

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Dying to Speak: An Innovative Toolkit May Help Terminally Ill Patients to Live Better and Die at Home With Better Quality of Death

September 27th 2013 | 6 Comments

To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
 When we have shuffled off this mortal coil. Hamlet Act 3, scene … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be a Full Time Faculty Member at an Academic Medical Centre?

August 29th 2013 | 12 Comments

The Interesting Case of Dr. Bigbottom Accountable (Oxford English Dictionary) adjective 1required or expected to justify actions or decisions 2able to be explained or understood Accountability is in the air … Continue reading

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Morning Report at an Intersection: iBook Therefore I Am

August 15th 2013 | No Comments

The Rose of Tradition (Dr. Ross Morton cradling his 1980 edition of Harrison’s) between the Thorns of Technology (Dr. Jeff Wilkinson and Evan Wilson-two of our 3 co-chief residents, sporting … Continue reading

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Medical Errors: A series of Unfortunate Events

July 24th 2013 | 3 Comments

    There once was a doctor so smart He’d perfected the medical art But when writing a script He’d let the decimal point drift And the digoxin stopp-ed the … Continue reading

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The triumph of inertia over innovation: The story of a cure for a common neurological disease that destroys lives, reduces productivity, and generates huge medical bills …and why it is so underused.

June 24th 2013 | 2 Comments

Well maybe that’s a bit harsh, but when it comes to the use of deep brain stimulation for Parkinsonism, the evidence is fairly clear…a relatively simple neurosurgical procedure can transform … Continue reading

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