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Facts and Fancy

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s hard to be objective about yourself.  This is why doctors and patients are advised to seek medical help rather than treat themselves.  However, let’s be…

Definitions

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Do you remember the days of HMOs?  Back in the 1990s health maintenance organizations were ballyhooed as the way to reduce medical costs.  Basically, this was…

The Theodicy Question

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I plan to see the movie Noah despite the warnings of some fundamentalists.  I believe my faith can handle a story not told by the King…

Paradigm Shifts

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The questions never change, just the answers.”  Sometimes I don’t remember if I’ve written something, read it somewhere, or just thought it.  Perhaps my stories and…

Choices

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The notion of choice is a fundamental principle with me.  It stems from the doctrine of “free will.”  Ancient philosophers stated that freedom of conscience is…

The Window on Disease

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The chief professor of medicine during my internal medicine residency held that all disease was the result of some infectious process.  Jesus used hyperbole (exaggerated speech)…

Driv’n Mr. Jim

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The world is very complicated, and I can see why some folks just surrender or retreat.  I’m proud of my mother who has not given up,…

Metaphysics

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Eleanor Roosevelt once observed that intellectuals function in the realm of ideas, whereas average folks concentrate on events of the day and the rest focus on…

Random Observations

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I noticed the announcement on the door of the Doctor’s lounge.  It was another list of drug shortages similar to the one that appeared last July. …

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