There is nothing like a good community health fair. Away from the formal, detached sterility of the office this is an opportunity to meet patients on their turf. No longer adorned with white coat, power outfit and accompanying entourage, physician meets patient as just another member of the community, an equal almost. With a backdrop of blaring music, sweltering heat and flavorful eats people young and old gather, eager to ...

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I’ve heard patients say, “How could she smoke and she’s a doctor?” Alarmed and bewildered by the fact that an agent of health could partake in one of the most harmful acts of bodily destruction. In medical school, a sizable number of my classmates smoked and I always found it so counter-intuitive, mind-boggling that they would be learning about smoker’s lung in pathology and on class breaks would huddled outside ...

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As a recently minted physician, I am often on the receiving end of the gripes and grouses about the medical profession. Often I get complaints of office visits that are too short, doctors who seem too preoccupied to hear their patients' complaints, medical bills that are too high and medications that do nothing but cause adverse effects. On the other hand, I can't count the number of times I have ...

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