Every once in a while a topic comes up that takes me back to the origins of this blog. At its core, DrJohnM aims to merge the worlds of athletics, health and medicine. The glue, the secret sauce, is mastery of the obvious. As an athlete and doctor, I get to see how both plans parallel each other. Katie Compton is an American ...

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He used to be a boxer. Those days were long-gone, though. Now he was a shell of his former self. The hands that formerly knocked opponents to the mat were now contracted and full of arthritis. Dementia had taken away his ability to tell the stories about his career. Metastatic lung cancer ravaged his body. Multiple bed sores ate away at his sacrum and ...

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The blogosphere is alive with the sound of Silver -- Nate Silver, that is, the head of what should be called the FiveThirtyEight Modeling Agency. Silver constructs statistical models to calculate the probability of electoral outcomes. Though he hasn't shared his model yet, the results fit his model very well. Is that the point? Statistical models can be constructed to serve various ...

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Wrinkles are bad. So are small breasts. Also crow's feet and age spots. Jiggly arms and muffin tops. Don't forget untrimmed pubic hair. This tirade isn't limited to women. Guys, are your muscles ripped? Chest gleamingly hair-free? Male member sufficiently enhanced? On a regular basis, I see 9 to 11 year-old girls who tell me that they're cutting back on what they eat because they're "fat." While I'm examining them, ...

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IMG_35383 I pick up a Glock semiautomatic, the model used in the Virginia Tech massacre. I need to hold it, to feel it, to rub my finger across the trigger. I don't fear death. Raised in a morgue, I worked with my dad, the city medical examiner. As a kid, I watched autopsies and talked to dead people and made up heroic stories ...

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The Institute of Medicine’s Rosenthal Lecture this past December addressed pop culture images of death with an eye toward understanding how “attitudes towards the end of life inform and shape our cultural repertoire” and helping “overcome the emotional obstacles that inhibit us” from dealing properly with the end of life, said IOM president Dr. Harvey Fineberg. The panelists were Dr. Kathleen Foley, a neurologist and palliative care specialist; Jay Clayton, ...

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My favorite day of the year is December 26th. All work done, house a mess but, who cares – the kids are happy. No dinner to make. There’s enough left-over turkey for the apocalypse. I was sitting by the fire, new book in one hand, glass of Prosecco in the other. I never sit and haven’t read much this year so you’ll forgive me that I did not at first ...

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A few years ago, I was sued. Yes indeed, I can now shout it from the rooftops. I know what it feels like to sit in the fire and burn into ashes of self-doubt, regret and emptiness; staring into the soulless, Cyclopean eye of a deposition camera, recounting my sins, defending my pride. I know what it’s like to live with fear, up close and personal. And I know what ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Two years ago, my practice became a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), or more accurately, my practice began the transition towards delivering patient care under this new model. While that process is far from complete at this point, it’s been a positive experience. This month, I’d like to share ...

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The dictates of human kindness are fickle. The eruption of papers fluttered to the linoleum floor of the bustling hospital corridor.  Important persons with grey pressed coats and stethoscopes bouncing against clavicles rushed by without rotating necks downwards to notice.  Loosely fitting scrubs clung to contracting muscles, and pudgy abdomens directed bodies hurriedly around the corner with a misplaced sense of purpose. And the poor woman bent down helplessly, and struggled to collate ...

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