PAGING DR. KOOP AGAIN

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For those who requested a copy of then-Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop’s 1982 urgent warning against the alarming surge of 15- to 24-year-old deaths by homicide, suicide and motor vehicle accidents, do join me in urging him to reissue this message to President Barack Obama. Surely the need to effectively treat what Koop rightly [&hellip
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REFLECTION ON A TRAGIC DEATH

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There is some good news. In requesting Roberta Israeloff’s piece, “Lend an Ear, Can You Listen, Really Listen,” some New Yorkers said they were guilty of not listening empathically and wanted to change. A woman in the physical healing profession said, “I’m going to make every effort to listen longer before speaking, and when I [&hellip
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HAVE A LAUGH, GOVERNOR

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Saturday Night Live versus David Paterson. They are killing him with ridicule. So how should Paterson play it? Obviously, engaging them is not the answer, Paterson’s communication director is gone, and other staffers are sure to follow. The governor happens to be a man with a sensational sense of humor. If he’s going to take [&hellip
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EMOTIONAL ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

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“Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable…” Adherents of Lent (Ash Wednesday is Feb. 25) and Passover (begins at sundown on April 8) won’t mind repeating of biblical injunction, or its “acceptable unto thee, our strength and our redeemer” ending. For others, an “acceptable to the cause of [&hellip
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UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS: OUCH!

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My physical therapist Heather Case, proprietor of Case Specialty Physical Therapy, knows all about alleviating pain in the human body. And she actually reads (I slyly test her) every New Yorker article. Heather was impressed with the recent essay by Dr. Atul Gawande, advising President Obama to cobble universal health insurance on top of existing [&hellip
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