Category Archives: Ethics and philosophy

The intersection of physical and mental health

A good part of my medical practice at Hennepin Healthcare is in mental health.  Although I’m a general internist, meaning I specialize in chronic diseases of adults, I have a special interest in the intersection of medical and mental illness.  … Continue reading

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An introduction to acupuncture and chiropractic care

Medical school is four years long.  This is after four years of college.  It is then followed by three more years of intensive training during medical residency.  It’s a lot of learning. So in all those years, do you know … Continue reading

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Maybe your doctor should be a woman

Quick, picture in your head a highly competent physician.  What does that person look like? Does your doctor image look like this? Or like this?  For the record and the recognition, that’s Dr. Gibson-Hill, a doctor in Bristol, England.  You … Continue reading

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When Breath Becomes Air – Healthy Matters Book Club

“I began to realize that coming in such close contact with my own mortality had changed both nothing and everything.” Paul Kalanithi, from When Life Becomes Air Welcome to Healthy Matters Book Club!  This is the first of what I … Continue reading

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Reflections on bias in health care

Do black people feel less pain than white people?  Are overweight people at fault for developing diabetes?  Do doctors evaluate symptoms differently if a white man reports them than if a black woman reports them? Most of us would emphatically … Continue reading

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