Les Couleurs

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The world stands out on either side, no wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky, no higher than the soul is high…” Edna St. Vincent Millay   I think it’s easier to comprehend the vastness of the ocean (and the world) from the deck of […]

The Doctor Is In: Winter Itch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson If you’ve got an itch, you’ve got to scratch it; but should you?  To borrow from the Bard, “To scratch, or not to scratch; that is the question.”  Maybe I’m focused on skin lately because my own nose is so red and painful.  Recently, my dermatologist prescribed a topical chemotherapy agent […]

Rhuematism

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I get as frustrated as anyone else when I hear that our government has given some researcher precious resources to study the mating preferences of fruit flies or build robot squirrels; I didn’t make these up.  And there are hundreds of even more wasteful programs.  For the last three years Senator […]

Altruism

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I look up at the cloudy February skies and watch the cold drizzle fall, I begin to long for spring.   In fact, about the only good thing I can say about February is that it’s short.  Perhaps a sign of aging is that you long for southern regions in the […]

Altruism

By Dr Jim Ferguson As I look up at the cloudy February skies and watch the cold drizzle fall, I begin to long for spring.   In fact, about the only good thing I can say about February is that it’s short.  Perhaps a sign of aging is that you long for southern regions in the […]

The Doctor Is In: Reflections

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’ve become accustomed to writing my Focus essay on Wednesday afternoons after I’ve made hospital rounds and I’ve finish business chores.  However, grandbabies change your life.  My two girls were fortunate to have my stay-at-home wife, Becky, when they were growing up.  There’s nothing better than a mom to watch over […]

The Doctor Is In: Freedoms

By Dr. Jim Ferguson In the late 17th century the English philosopher John Locke wrote a treatise on what would become known as the “social contract.”  In his paper Locke influenced many Enlightenment thinkers, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote our Declaration of Independence.  Jefferson echoed Locke stating, “governments are instituted of men deriving their just […]

The Doctor Is In: Passing On

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My brother sent me a text saying that our friend had “passed-on.”  This was not an unexpected announcement since Mitchell was in a Hospice program ending a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.  In forty years of medical care I’ve only known two patients who have survived this scourge, and unfortunately Mitchell […]

The Doctor Is In: Nostrums and Notions

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you ever gone to the refrigerator and found something unidentifiable in a Tupperware container?  There’s a great line by Walter Matthau in the Odd Couple movie.  His character Oscar is hosting a poker party and announces to his buddies, “I’ve got green sandwiches and brown ones.”  As I recall there […]

Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Go

By Dr. Jim Ferguson In case you haven’t realized, the world has fundamentally changed and the “New Order” is now in charge.  As 2013 dawns it is apparent that my cohorts are no longer in control – nor am I.  In describing the role of parents, I believe the Proverbist said it best: “Teach your […]

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