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Michelle and I met during my first few weeks of veterinary school at Virginia Tech and just a few months after that, began dating. So, what was I to say when one evening over pizza she tells me about a really cute kitten up for adoption in her medicine ward?  She fed me a few beers and then drove...
Summer Heat... Count the Days June finished a touch warmer than normal and July started off scorching hot with the dreaded combination of heat and humidity.  But before you whine too much, remember that you live in the South and it is summer.  What do you expect? Many people believe that our summers are hotter than they used to be but that...
As a young lad, our family vacationed several times in New England during the winter holidays. I remember vividly, as we huddled with hot cocoa around the hearth and fire of the 19th century farmhouse at which we stayed, a local newspaper’s headline boldly proclaiming “May Warm to Zero.” That may not sound balmy, but it was certainly a...
Like most people I sleepwalk through parts of my waking life, not consciously noticing much of the world around me. Driving in to work is a perfect example. I do it automatically, my car seems to know the way itself, meanwhile I am lost in my inner thoughts and only upon arriving do I realize I have made the...
Not much happened in the ED this month. A late resurgence in flu cases caught us by surprise. Medicines continue to be in short supply—particularly IV narcotics. In a narrow sense, this has an upside. Our interns and residents are learning how to practice using far fewer strong opioids. They are finding, to their surprise, that most painful conditions...
What a joyous, raucous sound! What a happy harbinger of spring! The chorus of forest-dwelling Wood frogs fills the air—after a soaking rain—with their ancient mating song. And I am delighted.  Hope of new life abounds in their exuberant melodies. Having overwintered in the high terrain of Blackwells Hollow in northwestern Albemarle County, these diminutive denizens of the forest make...
Spring is here! I don’t need to go outside to know it, I recognize all the signs in my interns (first year out of medical school trainees). There is a new spring in their step after a long dark, depressed winter. They now know they are going to survive this formative year and come June will become upper-level residents. This...

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Gazette Vet: The Typical Diseases of Kittens

Michelle and I met during my first few weeks of veterinary school at Virginia Tech and just a few months after that, began dating....

Crozet Weather Almanac: June 2018

Summer Heat... Count the Days June finished a touch warmer than normal and July started off scorching hot with the dreaded combination of heat and humidity. ...

Science to Live By: Maple Syrup—A Sweet Mystery

As a young lad, our family vacationed several times in New England during the winter holidays. I remember vividly, as we huddled with hot...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Cost of Caring

Like most people I sleepwalk through parts of my waking life, not consciously noticing much of the world around me. Driving in to work...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Times Change

Not much happened in the ED this month. A late resurgence in flu cases caught us by surprise. Medicines continue to be in short...

Science to Live By: Reining in the Rain Tax

What a joyous, raucous sound! What a happy harbinger of spring! The chorus of forest-dwelling Wood frogs fills the air—after a soaking rain—with their...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Gestalt—In which I go head to head with Dr....

Spring is here! I don’t need to go outside to know it, I recognize all the signs in my interns (first year out of...