Random Observations

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I noticed the announcement on the door of the Doctor’s lounge.  It was another list of drug shortages similar to the one that appeared last July.  I assumed the first one was an aberration.  Apparently it was not.  I read over the current list which mostly reflected drugs administered in the […]

Inequality

By Dr. Jim Ferguson When I started my sabbatical a friend advised me to be careful and not provoke my wife.  I assured her that a married man north of sixty knows the rules.  Becky and I have a successful marriage and the key aspect is equality strengthened by the wisdom of Ecclesiastes 4:12.  Though […]

Something Happens

By Dr. Jim Ferguson The other day my mother-in-law called me to say she’s been thinking about pharmaceutical development.  She wondered if this might be a topic for my column.  After our conversation I thought, how remarkable is the curiosity of this ninety-seven year old woman.  I can only hope that I remain inquisitive through […]

Being There

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s late afternoon as I begin this essay with snow falling and the world quiet.  Snow absorbs sound and causes people to slow down as winter dampens the world with its whiteness.  Becky loves snow, and so do I, especially with a cozy fire, good company and enough of things that […]

Talents

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I don’t believe people go to a concert as an intellectual exercise.  We go to experience the joy of live music.  There’s something about a live performance that may be akin to home cooking.  Both are extemporaneous and a bit unpredictable.  My wife, Becky, is a wonderful cook.  However, we still […]

Genetic Snippets

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve heard it said that in retirement you work even harder.  I’m not convinced of this yet, but it is different. As my readers know, I’ve left my traditional medical practice and “retired from Summit Medical Group.”  It was a big decision for me, and my patients. When my partners and […]

The Gift of Touch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve observed that as I get older I like change less.  I’m not the first person to make this observation, but the pace of change is like no other in my lifetime.  For the first twenty-five years of my life I didn’t pay a lot of attention to politics or world […]

Penance

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I hope that Thomas Paine will not be offended as I paraphrase his immortal words, “These are the times that try men’s [waistbands].” The Thanksgiving cornucopia is past, but the Holiday Season has just begun and the pounds must be addressed if we are to button our slacks and zip our […]

The Doctor is in: Procedures

By Dr. Jim Ferguson It’s hard not to write about something on your mind or something that’s in your body.  I have a family history of colon and prostate cancer and as a result my doctors have their way with me on a regular basis. I no longer watch NBC because of its bias, but […]

The Tell

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I entered the exam room I knew something was up.  It was the first time my patient was accompanied by his wife.  I’ve seen this before when families come with their loved ones who are having tough times or receiving bad news.  In poker it’s called a “tell” and occurs […]