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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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The Loving of the Game: Lessons from Johnny’s Ice House

February 1st 2013 | 7 Comments

I recently received an unusual email from a friend in Chicago. The attachment was a photograph showing a cardiac surgery operating room….. with a hockey trophy prominently displayed at the … Continue reading

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Why We Still Need Medical Grand Rounds

January 16th 2013 | 8 Comments

Medical Grand Rounds has been the premiere education event of Departments of Medicine since the foundation of the modern Department of Medicine. Historically, patients were presented and their cases carefully … Continue reading

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A Report on Influenza From The State of Denial

January 3rd 2013 | 4 Comments

Did you get your flu shot this year? Yes, I am asking you….More importantly, Canadian icon Rick Mercer and I are asking you, but read on. Influenza has a disarming … Continue reading

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To Remain or Retire: Advice For Physicians From Leonard Cohen

December 18th 2012 | 6 Comments

Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas” Tour stopped in Kingston this December and 5000 fans filled the K-Rock Center to hear 78-year old Cohen.  He sang the entire repertoire, from So Long … Continue reading

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