Monthly Archives: April 2018

Pain, the patient, and the goals of medicine

By:Jonathan Mayer, Univ of Washington I came across a study yesterday that at first stunned me in its conclusions until I gave it deeper thought. The study aimed to ascertain whether the goals of physicians and patients were the same … Continue reading

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Narratives of medicine or medical narratives?

I have long been fascinated by stories of and from medicine, ¬†and medicine’s patients. This fascination has been since childhood, really, with a respite in late high school and college. Now, I have been writing some of those myself. Regularly, … Continue reading

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Conflict of interest?

Yesterday 3 colleagues and I submitted a refutation of an article concerned with opioids to a major journal. When it came to the section on stating whether I had a conflict of interest, I realized that I did not have … Continue reading

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Beyond the numbers: experiences with patients and the health care system, part 1

By Jonathan Mayer ********************* This is the first installment of a continuing account of my experiences in medicine and with patients. It will continue periodically as part of epihealth. ********************* My first night working in the ER of the new … Continue reading

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Research in service to the pain community by Jonathan Mayer

While working in Ghana, one of my first reactions to the largest “slum” in the country was that I could not be one of those researchers who would take research data from the community and then leave the community. I … Continue reading

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Academic turfitis and budgets: public health undergraduate education (by Jonathan Mayer)

In the mid 1990s, I was asked by the Dean of the School of Public Health to develop a Minor and Public Health at the University of Washington, and it became so popular that we decided to extend that into … Continue reading

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