By Dr. Jim Ferguson We tend to take the natural processes of life for granted.  I don’t think about breathing or even sleeping very often because they are under the control of subconscious areas of my brain.  Actually, patients not infrequently consult me about “breathlessness.”  Of course shortness of breath can be caused by heart […]

What’s Going On?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As a baby boomer, the music I identify with is Rock and Roll.  I came of age in the 60s and “my music” was the British invasion of the Beatles, but even more so, the Motown sound of the Contours, Smokey Robinson, and, of course, Marvin Gaye.  In fact, Marvin Gaye […]

The Kitchen Drawer

By Dr. Jim Ferguson My wife, Becky, relates a story of a long departed relative who grew up in the Great Depression.  This lady understood privation, and as a result saved everything for the  proverbial “rainy day.”  As the family sorted through her life’s history and estate (collections) they found a box full of tiny […]

July 4th Polemic and Hope

By Dr. Jim Ferguson   My daughter is an English teacher, and writer. She recently commented that I am prolific.  I do seem to have a lot to say, perhaps because I have a voice (The Focus) and perhaps because I’m passionate about many things and my country. I was intrigued when a neighbor recently […]

Oh Law!

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As I watched my grandson, Oakley, run towards the ocean’s edge I realized he was still a toddler.  His lack of arm swing and twisting torso gave him that sweet awkwardness of little children.  Watching him caused me to think about some of my elderly patients who are losing their fluidity […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m not a beach person like the Johnson side of my family.  I identify more with the Psalmist who said, “I look unto the mountains, from whence cometh my strength.”  Yet, I find myself at the beach again this year with our extended family and count my blessings.  Though I might […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I used to like liver and onions; at least until I worked at an inner city hospital during my internal medicine training.  I’ve seen some bad livers in my day, and I can no longer stomach this traditional English dish.  That being said, the English eat some strange things and aren’t […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “What kind of dog is that?” asked Mrs. S as I greeted her at my front door.  She was seeing me for a concierge medical visit and was obviously puzzled by my dog, Jack.  I explained to her that Jack is a Mountain Feist, but he is actually a “rescue.” In […]

Veteran’s Ventilation

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m getting tired of writing, “Here we go again.” However, another scandal has surfaced in the Obama Administration, this time in the Veterans Administration (VA). I know something about medical care in the VA system, because I once worked as a doctor in a VA hospital. It was my observation that […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson In a way I’m envious of my other grandson, Noah. He’s ten years old and is counting the days until school is over for the summer. He makes me think of those long ago halcyon days which seemed to last forever in the mind of a ten year old boy. A […]

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