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Why We Still Need Medical Grand Rounds

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 dissected, in their presence, for the edification of the audience: a mixture of trainees and faculty members. Grand Rounds was a mixture of show and tell, how-to and meet the expert. The wisdom of the experienced physician was distilled into one hour and consumed by the medical house staff.

A Report on Influenza From The State of Denial

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 common name, the flu. This virus, spread by droplets through the air is, however, ‘fully armed’. It can knock a a healthy adult off his or her feet suddenly, with a potent assault characterized by fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, achiness, headaches, and fatigue. It can also kill.

To Remain or Retire: Advice For Physicians From Leonard Cohen

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 Marianne, and Suzanne to Hallelujah and I’m your Man. The audience, young and old, were captivated. As I watched him sing, rising lithely from bended knee, it was clear he had a youthful spirit.  He was fully connected with the audience and we in turn were connected to him. He played for four hours.

Preventing colon cancer: it’s not that hard a pill to swallow

If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too many ambulances under the cliff. …Dr. Dennis Burkitt, the Irish surgeon and researcher who discovered Burkitt’s lymphoma (28 Feb 1911 - 23 Mar 1993) News Flash! Colon cancer is largely curable (if detected in its early stages).  However, advanced disease can be lethal. Colon Cancer Canada estimates that each week 423 Canadians are diagnosed with colon cancer and 175 die of this disease.

Africa Calling: How A Cellphone Can Cure Cervical Cancer

When I last visited Africa I had the privilege of visiting Kruger National Park. I indulged my love of photography and captured some great photographs of the magnificent countryside, good friends and elephants shaking marula trees.  However, I recently came across photographs from Africa that have the potential to really make a difference for Africans. The photos were taken by a Faculty member at Queen’s, Dr. Karen Yeates.

The Guessing Tube and the iPad: A new iPad program coming to Queen's Department of Medicine

A great story begins with a compelling opening line. In 2012, the opening line in the story of a physician’s visit to a patient’s bedside is being rewritten much like it was rewritten in the mid-1800s with the development of the stethoscope.  I’d like to thank my colleague Troy Jones for bringing this quote from the London Times, 1834 to my attention.

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