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Why the Practice of Medicine Must be Evidence-Based

10/29/18 – Figuring out what’s actually true is far harder than most people realize. Our brains are both hypothesis-generating machines and incredibly credulous. As a result, most of the things we believe…Read More

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How To Help People Grieve

2/22/15 – After a prolonged and debilitating illness, two weeks ago my father finally died. As a physician, I’ve observed many people experience loss, but this is the first time I’ve lost someone close…Read More

How To Tear Up The Good Guy Contract

11/2/14 – In a previous post, The Good Guy Contract, I wrote about the particular challenges faced by people dominated by their need to be liked by others. In that post I recounted my own…Read More

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The Obstacle Is The Way

5/4/14 – What’s the worst problem you have right now? Have you lost your home? Your job?  Are you worried you might? Or are you facing a terrible illness? Long-time readers of…Read More

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The Scientific Method

12/22/13 – The greatest invention of all time isn’t, as is sometimes argued, penicillin. Nor is it the computer. Nor is it running water, electricity, the automobile, or the airplane. Rather, it’s…Read More

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When Patients Refuse Their Doctors’ Advice

11/24/13 – In the North American hemisphere, flu season is fast approaching. Influenza, as most people know, is a serious respiratory infection that can be life-threatening in the very young, the very…Read More

Being Considerate Of Your Future Self

11/3/13 – The sense of self I feel and have always felt has seemed constant throughout my life, which is why I feel as if I even have a core self. But a moment’s…Read More