Gun rights advocates are correct: a well armed principal might have reduced the death toll from the tragic elementary school shootings in Connecticut last week. Gun carrying citizens might also have been able to take down the shooters in Aurora and Virginia Tech. To most people, after all, guns are about self-defense, not about committing crimes. As the old saying goes: “There has never been a mass shooting at a ...

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"I kissed my daughter as she left for school today and realized it might be the last time I would ever see her.”  -New Jersey mom, three days after the Sandy Hook, CT shootings On December 14, 2012, twenty school children died of the Gun Disease, shot making gingerbread houses.  As guns beget guns, firearm injury and death spread like a virus.  Doctors, the healthcare system, have failed to protect the most ...

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On Friday morning I was seeing a patient, chatting about the holidays. She had given me a gingerbread house making kit for my kids -- which she had done annually since I had become her doctor. "You are doing so well," I declared, "Have a very Merry Christmas!" "You too!" she said as we hugged and she left the examination room. At 12pm ...

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Is the medical profession doing enough about gun violence? Are any of us?  This is the question that we all must ask ourselves, in the wake of the incalculably sad massacre of little school children in Newtown, Connecticut. I have struggled for days now to find the right words—how can I, or anyone else for that matter, find the words to describe the indescribable shared grief we have about the indescribable horror ...

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I remember the first gunshot wound I treated in the emergency department at Jacobi Hospital in the South Bronx 35 years ago.  Only one of two I saw that month in the second busiest trauma ER in the country.  Gang fight.  Troubled youths.  In the middle of the night. Hand guns. We couldn't save him.  I was devastated.  My chief resident, an aspiring trauma surgeon, took me aside and matter of ...

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Winter is officially here and  we are in the cold and flu season.  This is the time that patients get sick with viral illnesses and primary care doctors get even more frustrated as they try to do the right thing for patients.  What is the right thing? First of all we want to relieve suffering.  But we also want to do that ...

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Gunman. Elementary school. Death toll rising. The news of Sandy Hook was paralyzing. Anger, sadness, and confusion bubbled into my mouth until I could not speak. I wanted to scream. I wanted to cry. I wanted to leave work – to grab my kids – to be home. As the tragedy of the moment continued to stream across my computer, like a horrific movie script impossibly true, a stinging email from the ...

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I haven’t give much thought about gun control, but since the horrific unspeakable tragedy which occurred in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where 20 children and 6 adults were killed, I like many others are. Increasingly, crime scenes are now including movie theaters, malls, and schools, places where people escape reality, find gifts, goods or services for themselves, loved ones, or friends, and ...

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Since the massacre of innocent school children and those that gave their lives educating and trying to protect them this past Friday at Newtown Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, I've struggled to make sense of this calamity as much as much as anyone. As a physician who has worked to save the lives of sick and injured children, and as a father of children the same age as those massacred in ...

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A patient of mine was seeing a local specialist.  The parents wondered if it would be appropriate to get another opinion.  Contrary to what patients might think, most physicians are absolutely fine with this and some even encourage it.  However, patients often want to know if seeking another opinion is justified.  It is my job as a primary care provider to help families decide when or how to obtain that ...

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