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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...
One of the more common misinterpretations I hear owners make about their older dog’s health is that a cloudy-looking eye means that they are getting cataracts and going blind. I hear it almost daily during many of the check-ups I do on dogs over 10 years of age. “Her eyes are looking a little cloudy these days, I guess...
I have been watching the immigration debate in Congress with a great deal of interest. I work in the ER of a charity hospital and so I see a lot of immigrants, both documented and undocumented. Many of my patients are refugees from terrible places. We are often the only place they can go for care. It is one...
All our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light. - Francis Bacon. “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out...
Downslope Windstorms, Bears & Snow We had our first downslope windstorm of the season Sunday night, Oct. 29. Crozet is infamous for these storms. This one was particularly nasty with wind gusts estimated to be 60mph. Some big trees came down all over town and closed off Crozet Ave. for a full day and a half. The whole town went...

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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...

Gazette Vet: Through the Looking Glass

One of the more common misinterpretations I hear owners make about their older dog’s health is that a cloudy-looking eye means that they are...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Mother of Exiles

I have been watching the immigration debate in Congress with a great deal of interest. I work in the ER of a charity hospital...

Science to Live By: Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

All our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light. - Francis Bacon. “I will honour Christmas in...

Crozet Weather Almanac: October 2017

Downslope Windstorms, Bears & Snow We had our first downslope windstorm of the season Sunday night, Oct. 29. Crozet is infamous for these storms. This...