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Musings of a Dinosaur

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Lucy E.  Hornstein

Solo family practice: I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

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Not Me; But Standing with #MeToo
There's been a recent social media campaign in the wake of the dreadful revelations about ongoing long term sexual harassment and abuse specifically by media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Posting the hashtag #metoo on Facebook and other social media sites ...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Medical Marijuana is a Scam, with which I Want No Part
People keep asking me what I think about Medical Marijana. Does it really work? Am I willing to prescribe it? Here's what I think: Given that there is no reliable medical evidence of efficacy for marijuana for any condition at this time, I'm gonna sa...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Urgent Care Follies
What is it with antibiotics and steroids for upper respiratory infections at Urgent Care these days? Over-prescribing of antibiotics has been a problem ever since the recognition that uncomplicated upper respiratory infections were almost always vira...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Friday, May 26, 2017

The Saddest Encounter
I had an upsetting encounter the other day with a 22-year-old woman of color, who mentioned (secondary to the purpose of the visit) that she was pretty sure she had breast cancer. Why did she think that? She'd found a lump in her breast. (Somewhat un...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Popping Pus
Warning: graphic descriptions ahead. Continue in temporal and/or physical proximity to food and drink at your own risk. Everyone has their abscess story. Tales of pressurized pockets of pus abound. Trust me: however far-fetched they may seem…they're ...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Alt-Right and Alt-Med
I've suddenly come to realize that a rising political group, the so-called "Alt-Right" (basically nothing more than "…white supremacists who have repackaged the hate and served it up in a more palatable form for human consumption…") and much of the "...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Positioning for the Future
As you may have heard, the United States has a new president. From where I sit, things do not bode well for me — that is to say my patients — over the next few years. In addition to the virtual certainty of massive changes in health insurance, I fear...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Why We Do It
Medicine is a business. Of course we have bills to pay to keep the lights on and the phones running. No, as a rule, doctors are not starving. But if money were what we were out for, we sure wouldn't have opted for seven (or more) grueling years of tr...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A New Doctor
In the sixth long year after college graduation, at long, long last, the NinjaBaker has achieved the pinnacle of academics. And I am no longer the only doctor in the family: With the awarding of his PhD in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from Bay...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Friday, January 13, 2017

Hannukah Blast
It's been a busy year, in both good ways and bad. Long time readers (sorry, you two) may have noted the decreased blogging frequency. Apologies. I would say, "I'll try to do better in the new year," which I will; but no promises. It was a very good y...
Musings of a Dinosaur
Saturday, December 31, 2016

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