Tag: neurosurgery

Ben Carson, the new hero of the Right

Just a little over a month ago, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson stood at the national prayer breakfast getting ready to deliver his keynote address. Ben Carson is probably the most famous surgeon in the United States. Doctor Carson gained national notoriety back in the mid-1980s when he separated conjoined twins who were joined at the head. It was a 22-hour operation. Since then, he has written many books and even started his own foundation. On February 7, 2013, he became a darling of the Right. He attacked Obama’s healthcare plan. (It really wasn’t his plan, but was more an amorphous piece

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One of the reasons why healthcare doesn’t work

As a doctor, I live and breath healthcare. I’m one of those doctors who is smack dab in the middle of healthcare. I can’t do my job without a hospital. As a trauma surgeon, I need the support structure that a fully equiped hospital provides. Because I live in the Blue Ridge mountains, I take care of people from all around this beautiful country. Thousands of people come here to see the mountains. Thankfully, only a few injure themselves while they are here. Currently, I’m taking care of a young man who lives in Florida. He crashed his motorcycle. He had

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Giffords following some commands

It is still very early in the recovery of Representative Gabrielle Giffords. From TPM: A doctor said Sunday that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was “able to communicate with us this morning” by following simple commands. Doctors issued an update on the condition of Giffords on Sunday morning at the hospital in Arizona where Giffords is being held following the shooting incident at a town hall meeting Giffords was holding yesterday. “We are very encouraged by that,” Dr. Michael Lemole, Jr., the chief of neurosurgery at the University Medical Center in Tuscon, told reporters. “I am cautiously optimistic.” Also speaking was Peter

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.

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