60 Timely Thoughts in 60 Minutes...: With Rhyme and Some Reason

60 Timely Thoughts in 60 Minutes...: With Rhyme and Some Reason

by Robert Kerin MD

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As the years unfolded for me, a recurring desire was trying to rhyme words. Limericks offered the opportunity along with the challenge of meter. Of the many that have been penned, I have summoned the courage to select those enclosed, sprinkled with satire and a dash of poetic license. One target of the satire is the system of medical care existing for patients and doctors alike. For both, insurance carriers and the federal government dictate the parameters within which care may be dispensed. No longer do doctors have the independence to "hang out a shingle" like dentists still do, and establish a solo practice. For the most part, group practice prevails, time constraints exist, care is less personal, and medicine has become a business, as it has to for anyone to survive. While my crystal ball is murky, the future does not look too enticing for medicine.

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ISBN-13: 9781481715645
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/11/2013
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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60 Timely Thoughts In 60 Minutes ...

With RHYME and some REASON


By Robert Kerin, Claire Kerin

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Copyright © 2013Robert Kerin, MD
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ISBN: 978-1-4817-1564-5


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CHAPTER 1

    ENTER WITH CARE

    The hospital charges per day
    Give rise to enormous dismay
    The high cost of a bed
    That might find you quite dead
    Is enough to dissuade your entre'


Doctors may be dangerous, and hospitals hazardous to your health.

A Hungarian obstetrician, Ignaz Semmelweis, working at the Vienna General Hospital in 1847, noted that women delivered by doctors had a high incidence of bacterial infection called "child bed fever". He also noted that women delivered by midwives did not. He also observed that the doctor group often came directly to the delivery room after performing autopsies and proceeded to deliver babies without washing their hands. He theorized that if doctors washed their hands before examining and delivering pregnant women, the infection rate would drop, and it did dramatically. It was not appreciated until the 1870s that a bacterial infection was the true cause of the problem.

This concept proved to be very unpopular with his peers and generated much harsh criticism. A leading critic, Dr. Charles Delucema Meigs, a professor of obstetrics at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, made the statement, "Doctors are gentlemen, and gentlemen's hands are clean."

Semmelweis was fired from the Vienna General Hospital. Criticism continued to mount, causing him to become dysfunctional, and he died in an insane asylum in 1865. This man paid a heavy price for what is now a mandatory procedure in hospitals and eating establishments.


    CIGARETTE SMOKE

    Ill health is by no means a joke
    An enormous problem is smoke
    One thousand a day
    Are covered with clay
    It's what sucking the weed will provoke.


Teenagers, please note that smoking cigarettes has health consequences. The smoker purchases a one-way ticket from tobacco-land to clay-land since smoking has a toxic effect on just about every organ in the body. On this imaginary trip we shall stop at only a few of the real disease destinations encountered. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), well over 1,000 people die each day from smoking.

Cigarette smoking and cancer are intimate bedmates, the lung earning first place on a laundry list of other body organs. Maladies also in the cross hair sights of smoking are emphysema, C.O.P.D., and vascular disorders. There is an increased incidence of stroke as well as peripheral artery compromise. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and smoking has a positive catalytic effect on its progression. There is often a lag-time of several decades between that first cigarette and the onset of health-related diseases. Smoking-related health costs are in excess of 75 billion dollars per year.


    DOUBLE BONDS MAY DOUBLE CROSS

    From the sweet juice of nuts and corn
    Unsaturated fats are born
    But double bonded fats
    From the animal brats
    Cause plaques, making vessels forlorn.


A plaque is a formation of firm fatty material narrowing the lumen of an artery. It is the culprit in "hardening of the arteries", and at the moment is leading the hit parade for stents to combat the narrowing in the arteries supplying the heart. This narrowing is the cause of much chest pain and may be further defined with angiography.

Plaque formation consists of molecules of fat that are linked together. Diet influences that formation, and animal meat is high in double-bonded or saturated fats that are not especially healthy.


    EASE

    If the Gods would a human please
    Most crucial is the gift of ease
    The harmonious flow
    We all love to know
    Disappears because of disease.


The prefix "dis" before a word often cancels the meaning of that word. Certainly "disease" indicates an obliteration of the feeling of ease. Sometimes the prefix is spelled "dys", but the significance is the same, such as "dysfunction". In Mythology, Dis was ruler of the underworld, answering to the names of Hades and Pluto as well. Perhaps his significance has crept into our nomenclature.

Fast forward to today, the comment from one person to another: "You've dissed me", translates easily to the "dis" of yesteryear. Perhaps disrespect is appropriate.

    ANXIETY

    Anxiety is a mankind curse
    Of all the ills not one is worse
    An unending rain
    Of emotional pain
    Crippling skills both plain and diverse.


It is perfectly normal for anyone to develop an anxious feeling or fright if an encounter warrants that reaction, for example: a near-miss in driving an auto or some unpleasant news. When the episode is over however, the anxious feelings subside. Not so for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, a global term incorporating a variety of subsets, for example: obsessive compulsive and panic syndromes. Hallmarks of anxiety disorders include worry, brooding, apprehension, fear, irritability, sweating, and fatigue. Many facets of life are involved, and stress is often named as a catalyst.

Anxiety disorders may lend themselves to a comparison with fire. While a flame is common to both a lit candle and a forest fire, there is a world of difference in the intensity of that flame. An anxiety disorder may vary as well from just a touch to a crippling phenomenon with many levels between the two. Almost 40 million people suffer from some form of anxiety. The good news is that treatment, to include medication and imagery, is often effective.


    ANXIETY AND WORRY

    Anxiety is a rotten curse
    The toll it takes is even worse
    While you choke with worry
    The scourge will hurry
    Depletion of your health and purse.


According to The Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, by the Rev. Walter Skeat, Perigee Books, First Printing 1980, "worry" means "to strangle". It was used to refer to the worrying of sheep by dogs or wolves. If you add the crippling phenomenon of anxiety to the strangulation of worry, you have a holocaust of the mind.


    DEPRESSION

    What breeds the beast of depression?
    A tale of despair and oppression
    A bipolar event
    Means manic content
    Is it a genetic transgression?


A major depressive disorder is a mood alteration characterized by many unhappy feelings, to include: low self-esteem, being blue, unworthiness, and feeling "down in the dumps". Suicide is seen in this unipolar disorder and no age group seems exempt. A common theory postulates an imbalance in brain chemistry involving neurotransmitters.

All of this applies to a bipolar disorder, where a manic component is in evidence. Since this disorder
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................     1     

Section One: Medical....................     7     

Enter With Care....................     8     

Cigarette Smoke....................     10     

Double Bonds May Double Cross....................     12     

Ease....................     14     

Anxiety....................     16     

Anxiety and Worry....................     18     

Depression....................     20     

Socialized Care....................     22     

Rapid Repair....................     24     

Flawless Medicine....................     26     

Which Side, Which Pill?....................     28     

The Foolish Mind....................     30     

Caskets Don't Have Pockets....................     32     

Mash....................     34     

A Battery for Bone....................     36     

Whose Face in the Mirror?....................     38     

The Priceless Crown....................     40     

Dr. Death....................     42     

The Sirens of Long Island Sound....................     44     

Town Gown in Medicine....................     46     

The "Grateful" Patient....................     48     

Birthdays....................     50     

Miss Fullcharge....................     52     

The HospItal Till....................     54     

The Resident Staff....................     56     

The Nightmare....................     58     

Club Eighteen Percent....................     60     

Senior Care....................     62     

Self Care....................     64     

The Best Cure is Prevention....................     66     

Alpha Tocopheryl....................     68     

Five On Physiology And Pathology....................     70     

Ode to the Ovary....................     72     

Influenza....................     74     

The Best Medical Visit....................     76     

Section Two: Reflective....................     79     

If Only....................     80     

Imagination....................     82     

Profit and Pleasure....................     84     

The Spoken Word....................     86     

Who, What, Where, and When?....................     88     

The True Side....................     90     

Indigestion....................     92     

Bureaucracy....................     94     

English 101....................     96     

"Well"....................     98     

"I"....................     100     

Even a Fish....................     102     

The World of Legalese....................     104     

Three Score and Ten....................     106     

ThE Fiefdom Array....................     108     

Section Three: Off-Color....................     111     

Fly Piece and Eye Piece....................     112     

The Fly Zone....................     113     

Jack in the Box....................     114     

Jack and Bill....................     115     

Lightning Bug....................     116     

Mating Time....................     117     

Sexual Harassment then and Now....................     118     

The Gulf Stream....................     119     

The Love of the Louse....................     120     

A Hard Choice....................     121     

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