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 […]

The Fallen

By Dr. Jim Ferguson They say that people look like their dogs.  That’s obviously an over statement, but I have to admit I’ve occasionally noticed some resemblance in folks who walk their dogs in the neighborhood.  For a long time I’ve observed that a doctor’s medical practice is a reflection of his attitude and care.  […]

Captain of the Ship

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes I have more to say after I’ve finished an essay.  This week I was going to write about new research on the mechanisms of aging, but the turmoil in our nation and the lies of our leaders can’t go unchallenged.  So I’ll stick my neck out again as the battle […]

The Doc is In: Joe Wilson was Right

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A liberal friend of mine recently asked me if I’ve gone soft.  Perhaps he was surprised by my Travel Trilogy published in September.  I don’t go out of my way to pick a fight, but I learned long ago on the school yard that a bully cannot be reasoned with or […]

The Doctor is in: Varmints

By Dr. Jim Ferguson October in Knoxville is wonderful– or as they say in Italian, “bellissimo.”  About the time you get sick of one season, another comes along.  I went out the other day and I felt it.  The cooler, dryer weather made me know “Fall is in the air.”  I’ve been on five continents […]