I’m a family doctor in upstate New York. My patients include active NRA members and ardent pacifists. Most probably fall somewhere in the middle -- they own guns for hunting or encourage neighbors to hunt the deer that feed on their lush gardens. As a mother, I tried not to let my boys play with toy guns when they were little. In a young boy’s imagination, though, everything became a gun ...

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I was behind schedule (again). My next patient was Helen, a non-compliant diabetic that hadn’t been into my office in over two years. Her blood sugars weren’t controlled at her last visit when I’d tried to impress on her the serious health problems that could develop if she didn’t take better care of herself. Clearly, I’d failed. Maybe I’d even chased her away? No pill I prescribed would help her diabetes ...

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