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Too-big-to-fail should go to jail

Thousands and thousands died.  Many suffered along with their families.  Homicide charges were never filed, and only a slap of the hand was given as punishment. The opioid crisis continues while business gets away with murder. Too-big-to-fail pharmaceutical companies are finally admitting guilt in their scheme to get Americans addicted.  They are willing to pay victims, but only to a …

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Doctors as lie detectors

His story was perfect, right out of a medical textbook.  He needed pain medication for his unremitting migraine headache, but it was 4 a.m. and as a medical student, I was evaluating him in a West Los Angeles emergency room. Laying in the ER dark-room, he was convincing with light exacerbating his headache, while his fluorescent maroon high-top tennis shoes …

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The simple path of life

Doctor’s Diary:  October 2, 2019(Snippets from the frontline) Stewart had a green thumb growing seasonal flowers bringing color and sweet aromas to his home.  “When I was in the Navy serving in Korea, I longed to raise plants, so thereafter that became my simple path of life I have always enjoyed.” This 86 year old had multiple hospitalizations after falling, …

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In the nick of time

Doctor’s Diary:  October 10, 2019(Snippets from the frontline) She is an 88-year old diabetic discharged from the hospital two days earlier after a three-day stay.  Her admitting sugar was over 900 and she was confused because of the effects of “acidosis”, requiring an intravenous insulin drip.  The etiology of her glucose elevation was thought to be an infection. Upon release, …