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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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Physician Heal Thyself: How Lessons From a Leper Colony Offer the Solution to Physician Burnout

June 10th 2013 | 2 Comments

This week’s blog was inspired by two of our talented senior residents in the Medicine Program at Queen’s University, Dr. Barry Tin Shin Chan (left) and Dr. Nazanin Fallah-Rad (right). … Continue reading

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A Career in Research: The Elevator Speech

May 23rd 2013 | No Comments

My colleague and Rheumatologist extraordinaire, Dr. Mala Joneja (left) asked, “Would I care to comment on Research and say something inspirational to open the Department of Medicine’s Resident Research Day?” … Continue reading

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Emo of Friesland and the Rites of Spring: A Photo Essay of Queen’s University May 2013

May 6th 2013 | No Comments

An ancient force led me to abandon my laptop and explore the nearly empty campus of Queen’s University this weekend. There are rhythms to the academic year that have governed … Continue reading

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A Hard Pill to Swallow: Why we don’t have penicillin in 2013

April 22nd 2013 | 6 Comments

Why is it so difficult for some patients to take the medicines they are prescribed?  You would think if someone had cancer, heart disease or an infection they would take … Continue reading

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Scientific funding or WWMD (What Would Mozart Do?)

April 10th 2013 | No Comments

It has never been easy to fund great art or science. Both take time and money, and while all enjoy the final product (concert or cure), few want to pay … Continue reading

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Exercise Is Medicine at Queen’s University (a guest blog from the Kinesiology students)

March 19th 2013 | 2 Comments

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” –Winnie-the-Pooh, as channeled by A.A. Milne I was sitting in my office a few weeks ago when it was invaded … Continue reading

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The Land of Opportunity for Canadian Medical Student Wannabes: Scotland?

March 4th 2013 | 4 Comments

I recently received a letter from a concerned parent who wondered how we had failed to accept their offspring into our Medical School. This young person had a near perfect … Continue reading

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Replacing the Aortic Valve Without Surgery: Queen’s and KGH Enter the Fray

February 22nd 2013 | 3 Comments

You can learn a lot form your siblings. In this case, I learned How to Save a Life. My brother, Brian Archer (Queen’s Meds ’88) is a radiologist at the … Continue reading

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Stroke’s Quantum Jump: The Interprofessional Team

February 11th 2013 | 3 Comments

There is a moment in the management of a disease when a quantum jump lays bare the futility or wrong mindedness of past therapies. These rare, hard-won moments occur when … Continue reading

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