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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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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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