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You've Got A Plastic Spoon...Part V

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. ...AND THE ICE CREAM IS FROZEN... PART V The quarantine opposition is ready for a confrontation. Hoping to further obfuscate and downplay the initial failures of the viral immunization trials reported on Friday…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part IV

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. "Caught in the Devil’s Bargain" Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock”` PART IV A million virus particles on the head of a pin. Got it? It’s not a hundred pins in your lungs; now it’s a thousand... It’s the…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part III: The Virus

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. On the head of a pin sit either a million angels or a million particles of corona virus 19. The outbreak in China is well publicized but not well understood because of the obfuscation. Had American and other international…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part II: The Residents

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Louise and Thelma each lived about 90 years before they met as roommates at Bellamy Fields. Among my theories about…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part I: The Staff

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Bob’s Facebook page shows him and his family in Florida in mid March 2020. Older parents, his wife and college age…

THREE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Since “two heads” is already taken and is about 500 years old, I’m going with an original saying, “three heads…” in honor of research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which found that teams of physicians…

#Butwhy?

While reviewing a pile of referrals recently, a few stood out as remarkably futile, at first glance and I was reminded of a recent NY Times article about sending old people, seemingly at the end of their lives, out for skilled rehabilitation…

Truth-Telling and Dementia

A New York Times article (among other sources) made reference to telling the truth to someone with dementia (Alzheimer’s)... ...or more to the point, lying to the person if the question would evoke a painful response or memory…”Looking…