Circumcision-God’s Covenant

I remember the first time that I witnessed a circumcision. I was an undergraduate student, shadowing various Pediatricians. I watched as the baby was strapped down on a warm, comfortable examination table. I watched as the baby was undressed and his body part numbed. With one quick, swift, horizontal swipe from left to right, theContinue reading “Circumcision-God’s Covenant”

The Promises of Medicine

Part of practicing family medicine is providing patient education. I have to be able to explain diagnoses and treatments and answer patient questions. A great example is when I diagnose overactive or under-active thyroid disorders (hyper or hypothyroidism). “Will I have to take this medication forever?” I’m often asked. “Yes.” “Will the medication work?” IsContinue reading “The Promises of Medicine”

Significance of a Name

Hashimoto’s Disease. Takotsubo’s Cardiomyopathy. Wernicke’s Encephalopathy. These are some famous names in medicine. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, disovered by a Japanese physician named Hakaru Hashimoto, is an autoimmune thyroid disorder where the thyroid gland doesn’t function as well as it should, which can cause weight gain, depression, joint pain, constipation, dry skin, etc. This can be life-threatening.Continue reading “Significance of a Name”