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  • How Doctors Think about EOL Decisions for Themselves

    Posted 7/7/2015 by hhill

      Clearly, you can't have it both ways. Or have your cake and eat it, too. I can't be in this gorgeous spot, looking at the tides come and go, listening to loons,  watching a virtual WIldlife Channel outside my windows AND have decent internet service. Sometimes it does work better than others, but this is, again, not one of those times. I know is is slightly weather dependent as this is a satellite system, and maybe it is influenced by how many others are trying to get on at the same, too. But it is frustrating and limits my willingness to write more than necessary; perhaps that is just as well for any readers, but I enjoy the chance to talk more with you all.

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  • US Cancer Death Rate Falling

    Posted 7/6/2015 by hhill

      This is clearly important and popular news, and I apologize for making a rather short entry and not giving it the full respect it deserves. We are at our cottage in Maine, and have had a delicious day with a 6 mile hike/climb in in the morning and then a two hour kayak paddle in the afternoon. I feel it everywhere: legs from the morning and shoulders from the afternoon. However, I obviously can't blame a briefer entry on muscle soreness. I can blame it on a pretty terrible internet connection. While I have been tying these few lines, the whole connection has filed several times, and I am losing patience.

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  • A Magnificent Life

    Posted 7/3/2015 by hhill

      Today is July 3rd, but in the odd calendar of holidays, it is the official July 4th holiday. At BIDMC, this means that ambulatory areas are closed, but of course the hospital is open, and minimal coverage must be provided by those services that aren't ordinarily there during non-regular work hours. My group takes turns covering days like this, and I am always very proud and pleased that we work it out without rancor. I last took a turn for Presidents' Day, and that seemed a lot more attractive than a summer rotation. I am grateful to my colleague, Frank, who is there today while the rest of us enjoy this extra day off and glorious weather.

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  • Finding a Perspective

    Posted 7/2/2015 by hhill

      One of the most important lessons that I have learned over my years here has been to develop a perspective that distinguishes an annoyance from a real problem. Most things are annoyances--granted, some of those things are really big annoyances, but that is all that they are. A good guide to knowing the difference is to ask yourself: Will this matter tomorrow, in a week, in a month, in a year? Hardly anything, except health-related things, will matter even a week from now.

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  • A Review of Chinese Medicine

    Posted 7/1/2015 by hhill

      Chinese medicine and traditions often hold the most interest in any consideration of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). Even people who are naturally skeptical are forced to recognize the long history and apparent value of some treatments. Have you ever read one of the amazing accounts of someone comfortably having surgery with acupuncture as the only anesthesia? That surely seems to beat the old Western tradition of whiskey and a bullet to bite.

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