The Club

By Dr. Jim Ferguson At church recently, a friend and I were discussing another mutual friend and how we each came to know him. Church-friend knew the fellow as a fraternity brother at UT. I met our mutual friend as a freshmen in medical school. A brotherhood develops among soldiers. The bond with my medical […]

Memories

Memories

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I sometimes wonder if life is passing me by. Perhaps my feelings are colored by hearing that two more of my long term colleagues have announced their retirements. I’ll admit it’s tricky to know when it’s time to go, and too many seem to stay beyond their time. I advised one […]

Messages

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you ever been the one to not get the message? Well, it just happened to me, four hours before the editorial deadline for this week’s Focus. Apparently, I didn’t get the email that usually reminds columnists to be prepared for an early deadline. To put a positive spin on this […]

How to Grow Old

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a pretty good internist and even have secondary board certification in geriatrics. But, I have no experience in growing old or as I like to say growing “older.” In medicine there is a wisdom axiom which goes, “Watch one, do one, teach one.” I first encountered this philosophy when I […]

Books and observations

By Dr. Jim Ferguson People talk about spring cleaning, but for me fall is a much busier time of the year. It seems that people put off their annual exams as long as possible, and then finally decide to “get’r done.” Fortunately, I now have time to accommodate last-minute requests of my concierge patients, since […]

Prevention

By Dr. Jim Ferguson No, this essay is not about how our leaders are failing in their primary duty which is to protect the citizens of the United States. We all know what must be done to prevent terrorism, but there is not the will to do so in Washington. Israel understands that their neighbors […]

Moral Psychology

By Dr. Jim Ferguson How can we have common sense if we have nothing in common? The word community derives from the root word common and refers to a people who have commonly held interests. Does common sense or community still exist in our divided United States of America? I’ve always wondered how two sane […]

Wonder

By Dr. Jim Ferguson With all that is wrong in the world today I sometimes lose sight of the beauty and the majesty of creation. A friend and a reader of my stories noted a sense of pessimism in my Focus musings. I will admit that I am a glass-half-empty kind of guy. And though […]

Socks

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I crossed the dark parking lot it happened again. This time I was not threatened, because the disheveled woman who approached me for alms was pitiable and obviously only harmful to herself. And in my heart and mind the conundrum replayed. Should I follow the Master’s directive (Matthew 25:40) or […]

Malevolence

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes the best explanation for the otherwise inexplicable is evil. But then you’d have to believe that there is such a thing as evil. Is there a force in the world that opposes good? For most of man’s history the notion that there were opposing forces at work in the world […]

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