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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