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Health & Science

JUNE 2017

If you’ve never experienced Bruce Springsteen performing live, I highly recommend it. Seeing this fabulous, famous and wealthy rock star performing in front of thousands of adoring fans, many of whom know every word to every song, one would never guess that he has struggled with episodes of debilitating depression and profound self-doubt. I recently read Springsteen’s memoir, Born...
The nurse couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The med student couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The resident couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. They were gathered around her bedside trying to figure out why the nursing home had sent this demented woman in. This is a surprisingly common exercise in the ER. The nursing...
In the center of the great hall stood a pillar three times as high as a man’s head and composed of drums wound over their entire surface with copper wire.  These drums were diabolically conceived and executed so as to embody every mathematical curve and surface dealt with by mathematicians since the days of Copernicus; including truncated cones, parabolas,...
Six years ago, I was at mile 31.5 of a 32-mile trail race and in the lead. The race took place in July, so it was predictably hot and humid and I was running hard, but in control. About ½ mile from the finish, I came out of the woods to a road crossing and saw a large truck...
We are losing the war on drugs. We have been fighting it for 50 years and the problem is worse than ever. Last year, more Americans died of drug overdoses in a single year (72,000) than died in all of the 20 years of the Vietnam War (58,000 total). Americans represent 4 percent of the world’s population and consume...
One of the ER techs sought me out recently and found me taking some executive time at my computer reading the New York Times on line. “Dr. Reiser, the triage nurse is asking for you to come out front and see a patient. She is worried that the patient may be very sick.” Now I hate to go out to triage...
4:30 a.m. is bittersweet. Some would say it is crazy or obsessive. But those who know 4:30 a.m. know what I mean. On one hand, it never comes easy. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Sure, I could go to bed at 8:30 p.m., but when does that ever happen? Never! There is simply too much to do...

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Mental Health: Good and Bad Anxiety

If you’ve never experienced Bruce Springsteen performing live, I highly recommend it. Seeing this fabulous, famous and wealthy rock star performing in front of...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Body and Soul

The nurse couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The med student couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The resident couldn’t get a...

Science to Live By: Electric Cars—Second Time’s the Charm?

In the center of the great hall stood a pillar three times as high as a man’s head and composed of drums wound over...

Back to Fitness: Cramping

Six years ago, I was at mile 31.5 of a 32-mile trail race and in the lead. The race took place in July, so...

Annals of Medicine: Where is the Pain?

We are losing the war on drugs. We have been fighting it for 50 years and the problem is worse than ever. Last year,...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: A Bad Case of the Blues

One of the ER techs sought me out recently and found me taking some executive time at my computer reading the New York Times...

Back to Fitness: An Ode to 04:30

4:30 a.m. is bittersweet. Some would say it is crazy or obsessive. But those who know 4:30 a.m. know what I mean. On one hand,...