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09/07/2014

Memorial to Lives Unworthy of Life

Germany unveiled a World War II memorial this week.  It is the first to commemorate those with medical problems who were deemed unworthy of life (Lebensunwertes Leben) and were exterminated by the Nazi regime.  The memorial wall has been built at Tiergartenstraße 4 in Berlin, not only the site of the “Charitable Foundation for Cure and Institutional Care” but also the address that gave the German... // Read More »

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08/31/2014

What Is Driving Our Health Care?

Katie Jennings recently wrote in Politico Magazine of the American Medical Association’s role in American health care policy, particularly concerning pricing for services (see “The Secret Committee Behind Our Soaring Health Care Costs”).   Since the 1990s, an AMA committee has been in charge of determining the value of services provided by physicians, including determining Medicare prices.  Jennings points out that the committee serves as “a... // Read More »

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06/29/2014

Jimmy Savile and the Hospitals

This week, a report released by the British government details sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile and its relationship to NHS hospitals.  Remarkably, the blockbuster entertainer went decades escaping investigation.  Even in his later years when he faced some scrutiny, Savile was never prosecuted for any crime.  However, in the three years since his death in 2011 at the age of 84, a ghastly picture of... // Read More »

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06/22/2014

The Fountain of Youth

 “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Two weeks ago, family physician Joe Gibes wrote on the shaky medical footing of low testosterone treatment.  This week, Brian Williams reported on the NBC Nightly News that the FDA has issued warnings about thrombotic events... // Read More »

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06/08/2014

Strengthening from the Supper

I’d like to follow up on a recent post I made on the Lord’s Supper (see “The Body and the Blood” on May 11, 2014).  One of the important things to remember about Communion is that it is for our nourishment.  In fact, it was specifically instituted by Christ for our nourishment.  Baylor professor and Texas pastor of 100 years ago B.H. Carroll preached an... // Read More »

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06/01/2014

VA Secretary Resigns

This week Eric Shinseki announced that he would step down as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  According to the reporting of Bob Schieffer and others, it is becoming clear the VA hospital system has a systemic problem with administrators “gaming the system” in order to report better performance for their hospitals and win bonuses. “The idea that anyone would hold secret lists so people wouldn’t know... // Read More »

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05/25/2014

CIA Polio Vaccination Program

Whenever ethicists talk about the practice of medicine, the concept of trust is bound to come up.  It is the fabric of the physician-patient relationship.  Instead of being a purely technical field like, say, software programming, medicine is at its heart an agreement between two persons.  While involving technical prowess (consider a surgical procedure), the subject of the medical endeavor is always a person with... // Read More »

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05/18/2014

Cooking the Books at the VA

Dr. Joseph Kelley is a guest blogger this week. Recent news stories have been exploring accusations that many veterans died while waiting many months for care at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.. What makes this particularly onerous is that the leadership there received rewards for outstanding performance, including exceeding the appointment waiting time standard of 2 weeks or less. It is alleged... // Read More »

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05/11/2014

The Body and the Blood

I recently read an interesting article by pastor Kim Riddlebarger on the Lord’s Supper.  His premise is simple: we should celebrate the Lord’s Supper more frequently than once a month or once a quarter.  In fact, there is good reason to believe that the Supper was a regular part of every worship service on the first day of the week for early Christians.  In turn,... // Read More »

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04/20/2014

The Resurrection Body

“Thou art gone, our precious darling, Never more can thou return, But to sleep, a peaceful slumber, Till the resurrection morn.” Today is Resurrection Sunday, the Festival of Easter, when we celebrate the raising of Christ from the dead for the sake of the redemption of humanity.  Certainly, the Resurrection is about the sacrificial Lamb of God, His purchase of redemption from sin, and His... // Read More »

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