NFL Concussions and Common Sense: A Recipe for Medical Errors and a Lesson for Physician Leaders (Member Essay) (National Football League) (Philadelphia Eagles)

NFL Concussions and Common Sense: A Recipe for Medical Errors and a Lesson for Physician Leaders (Member Essay) (National Football League) (Philadelphia Eagles)

On the opening day of the 2010-2011 National Football League (NFL) season, the Philadelphia Eagles played the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Midway through the second period, two Eagles players suffered concussions. Quarterback Kevin Kolb was slammed head-first into the turf by Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews, and shortly afterward Eagles […]

Psychometrics of the Student Version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE-S) in Final-Year Medical Students in Johannesburg in 2008 (Report)

Psychometrics of the Student Version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE-S) in Final-Year Medical Students in Johannesburg in 2008 (Report)

Empathy, while remaining an elusive concept, has recently gained a respected role in psychotherapy and medical interviewing. Empathy has been much discussed in the psychological literature of the early decades of the 20th century. (1,2) The therapeutic relationship between doctor and patient is an integral part of healing and effective medical care. (3) Empathy is […]

The Edges of Physician Liability (Medicolegal Issues)

The Edges of Physician Liability (Medicolegal Issues)

The viability of any negligence claim, including a medical negligence claim, is predicated on the defendant’s duty to exercise reasonable care. In a medical negligence claim, this duty arises out of the physician-patient relationship. Two circumstances, however, test the limits of this duty: the conduct necessary to establish a physician-patient relationship and the potential liability […]

The Physician As Public Health Officer (News: Bureau for Public Health)

The Physician As Public Health Officer (News: Bureau for Public Health)

The majority of the Public Health Officers (PHOs) in West Virginia are in private practice, ranging from family medicine, to pediatrics, and to surgery. Some have had formal training in public health; others have not. Only two are fulltime PHOs. Yet, there are some fundamental commonalities. As physicians, all are trained in taking histories, completing […]

Molecular Genetics of Kidney Cancer: Implications for the Physician.

Molecular Genetics of Kidney Cancer: Implications for the Physician.

This year it is estimated that 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with kidney cancer and 12,500 will die of the disease. Both the incidence rate and the mortality rate are increasing; because of the rapid rise, kidney cancer is on the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) watch list. The increases cannot be explained by better detection […]