From the earliest recorded history, man’s competitive spirit has been in evidence with the race. We want to go faster than our neighbor whether we are running, swimming, driving a car, or seated on the back of a majestic steed. Horse racing has been called the sport of kings. It has it all. It has pageantry, excitement, beauty, and magnificent champions. Every once in a while, one of ...Read More »
Author Archives: Doug Smith M.D.
For many of us, sports figures are among our heroes. We follow all of their moves on the fields of competition, and we delight in hearing their thoughts, explanations, and musings when they are not playing. Athletes, coaches, officials, and team owners are not always the most polished speakers, but they are often very entertaining. Here are a few of the ...Read More »
Obesity is a growing problem worldwide. The medical community is anxious to help patients lose weight for the health benefits associated with weight reduction. Patients often have other motivations, particularly social, for trimming down. After all, any time of year is the right time to have a beach body. Either on their own or with the help of a physician, ...Read More »
Each of us writes his own obituary every day. Most of us hope that final newspaper notice will somehow reflect a life well lived and some kind of lasting legacy. With the hectic pace of today’s world, most do not reflect on this too much. Physicians, hospice workers, clergy, and close family members of those who have faced the end ...Read More »
The world’s population has topped seven billion and grows every day. Life expectancy varies widely with geographic location. People in Monaco can expect to live over eighty-nine years while people in Afghanistan are struggling to make it to fifty. The things that cause people to die also differ with location. The prevalent causes of death correlate with the overall wealth ...Read More »
Headache is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. These problems account for five percent of all visits to emergency departments annually. The causes of headache are varied and range from completely benign and inconsequential to severe and even life threatening. Here are five of the more common causes of headache. 1. Tension Headache This type of ...Read More »
An unfortunate fact of life is that “medical misadventures” can and do occur. Participants in the healing arts, physicians, nurses, and pharmaceutical producers are generally kind-hearted people who sincerely want to help the patients they serve. The goal is to ease the pain and suffering that people have from any variety of illnesses and injuries. Sometimes fate uses these good ...Read More »