When I read Hege Lepri’s short story Things They Don’t Tell You, two parts of my life came together. One part of my life is medical and the other is writing. They are separate – sometimes I think that each is embarrassed about the other. The embarrassment is not their problem, however. It is my …

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On Friday evening in Ottawa, President Barack Obama told the capacity crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre that, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 20 million more Americans received access to health care insurance. Obama believes that this is one of the accomplishments of his Presidency that has had the greatest impact on America and …

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As a Canadian doctor, my experience with the American health care system is limited. While the research evidence supports that we have an more equitable system that the United States, it is difficult to believe this when we Canadians are waiting for essential medical tests or procedures. We have the impression that, in the United …

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Just before Christmas, I visited Edmonton for a weekend. To feed my Independent Bookstore habit, I sought out Audrey’s Books. As a souvenir, I found Carissa Halton’s Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood. I am pleased to add it to my bookshelf alongside Happy City and Streetopia. Whenever I read such books, …

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Last week, I was annoyed by a few newspaper articles in which those persons using health care services were called “consumers”. I’ve had enough of that. I want the people using health care services to be called “patients” again. What is a “consumer”? My Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines “consumer” as “a person who purchases goods …

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During all my years of practicing medicine, I have been close to research in the institutions where I worked. I have admired and assisted clinical researchers, but I had never felt inclined to join their ranks. When I became the Clinical Director of the Youth Program two years ago, however, that changed. With this new …

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Dr. Sherwin Nuland, an American Surgeon who worked at Yale University, wrote one for the best books on death in our own era. How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter was published in 1993 and is Nuland’s Socratic consideration on a subject which we must all contemplate sooner or later. Nuland considers this phase …

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