Dr. Google and Me

I started practicing as a pediatrician in 1982 and retired in 2021. So, Google, which became commonly used around 2000, has been with me about half of my practice lifetime. Those two halves were startlingly different. Before Google, I gave new parents and...

Artful Germs

Usually, my posts contain original writing, but I’m making an exception this time. I was recently blown away by an article in Atlas Obscura about making art with bacteria. Apparently pioneered by Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, bacteria art is a...

Medical Misnomers

English is a funny language, an amalgam of many other languages, and always in evolution. Daily, we use words that make no sense, without even noticing it. Most of these misnomers made sense originally, and the words have hung on, even after our knowledge, or the...

Things We Believe That Probably Aren’t True

Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. “ Let’s have a romp through some beliefs that have NO science to back them up. Burping babies- If you’ve ever been a parent or a babysitter,...

TV Medicine

Clearly, four years of college, four years of medical school and three years of pediatric residency wasn’t a complete medical education. There are so many things I didn’t know until I started watching action-packed TV shows. Especially the ones with SWAT teams,...