Would our deceased Presidents fare better today medically than they did in their respective eras? The answer might surprise you.
Of the thirty-eight United States’ presidents who have died, collectively, they surpassed life expectancies of their respective generations. (1) Did being in such a position of prominence afford them superior care to account for this windfall?
Unpacking their individual causes of death in parallel with medical advancement is one way to provoke greater understanding.
Being alive when we didn’t know how disease spread, sadly, sealed Washington’s fate.
Washington is a perfect example of how evolution of standard of care could have saved his life. Though well-intended, his physicians could not have known then what we...
For a doctor, putting puzzle pieces together is essential to becoming a master diagnostician. Being a detective is a vital skill employed daily in medical practice. So, despite the fact forensics routinely involves the deceased and primary care the living, the two disciplines amazingly run in parallel, sharing much common ground.
As a result, a new report on expanding the use of science to estimate time of death better in suspected homicides caught my attention.
After all, I did consider being a medical examiner for a whole week many years ago -- until I recognized that working all day usually without windows in basements, never delivering happy news and being surrounded by the macabre day in and day out might not best gel with my optimistic nature and spirited...
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is back in intensive care. He had been progressing after being shot last month by a lone gunman—having initially arrived at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in critical condition in shock and at “imminent risk of death.” The hospital released the following statement:
July 5, 2017, 10 p.m.
Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious. We...
The story of Easton Elrod, a 4-year old boy “born broken, everywhere” having sustained over 100 bone breaks in his lifetime was recently trending in the news. Birth, alone, broke “both legs, one arm, the back of his head, all of his ribs,” according to his mother Brianna Elrod.
None of us remember—or, maybe I should speak for myself— but birth can be quite traumatic even in the most routine of circumstances. The infant sustained for months in a fluid-filled environment contained within the greatest suspension system known— aka the pregnant womb— must squeeze through the birth canal to make his way into the world for his first breath of air.
Sounds daunting enough, but...
I just read the final charges and presentment made by the Grand Jury regarding the untimely death of Penn State college student, Timothy J. Piazza. (1) Recently made public, this extensively detailed document of the fatal event culminates with the decision to pursue criminal legal action against his fraternity brothers and classmates presumed to be complicit in this tragedy.
The entire picture and occurrence is disheartening and utterly devastating - on so many levels. I am compelled to write this article as there are many misperceptions among the students, in general, in this public record that warrant clarification. If the spread of informative health and medical...