Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

Apr 27, 2015

Poor old Dr. Krebs. His painstaking Nobel-winning work on cellular metabolism, called the Krebs cycle, has made him the symbol for what's ailing medical education.

"Why do I need to know this stuff?" medical students ask me.

"How many times have you used the Krebs Cycle lately?" senior doctors jokingly reminisce.

Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Jan 15, 2015

When I was just beginning my third year as a medical student, I learned an important lesson about what matters most in health.

It was a typical summer afternoon in St. Louis, with the temperature and humidity both approaching 100. My patient was a woman in her 40s who was being admitted to the hospital because her lungs were filling with fluid, a complication of kidney failure. She had missed all three dialysis appointments that week.

Gambling With Your Health

Jun 2, 2014

Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas boasts a menu of fries cooked in lard and a 10,000 calorie burger. Jon Basso, owner of Heart Attack Grill, say that people come to Las Vegas to gamble, why not gamble with their health? Susan Albers, Psy.D., encourages patrons to stay away and gamble with something other than their life expectancy.