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Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Are You Planning to Sign Up for a Trip to Mars? Extreme Environmental Health Consequences of Space Travel

In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Lipman et al report on therapy for a serious environmental medical condition.1 My commentary below describes an even more serious environmental condition with multiple dangerous and even life-threatening consequences. Recently, one of my colleagues and I at the University of Arizona heard a lecture by one of the retired […]

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The Seven Ages of the Physician

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning […]

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Teaching Diagnostic Reasoning in the Digital Age: The Role of the Mentor

Each case has its lesson—a lesson that may be, but is not always, learnt, for clinical wisdom is not the equivalent of experience. A man who has seen 500 cases of pneumonia may not have the understanding of the disease which comes with an intelligent study of a score of cases, so different are knowledge […]

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Geographic Tongue

A 45-year-old female patient presented to our clinic with a painless, erythematous lesion on her tongue. Medical history was negative, with absence of any allergies or habits. The patient recalled that she had a similar lesion on her tongue 6 months earlier, which resolved spontaneously. Clinical examination of the dorsal surface of the tongue revealed […]

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Dizziness Symptom Type Prevalence and Overlap

  The traditional approach to dizziness encourages providers to emphasize the type of dizziness. However, symptom types might substantially overlap in individual patients, thus limiting the clinical value of this approach. We aimed to describe the overlap of types of dizziness using a US nationally representative sample. Methods The 2008 US National Health Interview Survey […]

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Schistosoma Japonicum and Colon Polyps

We read the report on Schistosoma japonicum with great interest.1 Kiyani et al reported a case of “hyperplastic polyps with numerous parasite eggs most consistent with Schistosoma japonicum” detected from colorectal cancer screening.1 Indeed, S. japonicum infection is an important fluke infestation. The colon abnormality in the patient with S. japonicum infection is sporadically reported. Imai et al mentioned that “Colonic schistosomiasis is a probable independent […]

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The Physician From Vienna

On March 12, 1938, Nazi troops invaded Austria. Three days later, in Vienna, a nearly 80-year-old physician named Ismar Boas (1858-1938) (Figure) committed suicide. Thus ended the life of a pioneering founder of gastroenterology.1 In 1886, Boas opened the first specialty clinic for digestive diseases in Berlin. In 1895, he founded the first gastroenterology journal, […]

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Coaching Patients Saves Lives and Money

The Coaching On Achieving Cardiovascular Health (COACH) Program has been proven to improve biomedical and lifestyle cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term impact of The COACH Program on overall survival, hospital utilization, and costs from the perspective of a private health insurer (payor), in patients with […]

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The Deficit of Nutrition Education of Physicians

Globally, death rates from cardiovascular disease are increasing, rising 41% between 1990 and 2013, and are often attributed, at least in part, to poor diet quality. With urbanization, economic development, and mass marketing, global dietary patterns have become more Westernized to include more sugar-sweetened beverages, highly processed foods, animal-based foods, and fewer fruits and vegetables, […]

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Joseph S. Alpert

Do We Learn More from Our Mistakes than from Our Successes?

For years I have believed that you can learn more from your mistakes than from your successes. It is a dictum that I have quoted many times on rounds with residents and students. I tell them that I still remember the mistakes made as an intern, but the success stories have faded from my brain. […]

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