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Morbidly Gleeful and Gleefully Morbid

"It’s good to see you. It’s good to see anybody,” says Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, age 76, in the Martin Scorsese documentary Shine a Light. Richards should be dead many times. He has tried mos...Continue Reading


Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow

By. Dr. Steve Elias Remember when life was simple? There were so many things you had to do. Every day. Maybe that is what Henry David Thoreau was thinking when he hunkered down at Walden Pond in 1845. His own elective se...Continue Reading


Waves of Education: Riding the Next Crest of Phlebology

Duke Kahanamoku knew. Kelly Slater knows. And some young Hawaiian surfer would like to know…how to ride big waves. Phlebology has had three big waves. Maybe not as exciting as Big Wave Riding in Hawaii, but the Ph...Continue Reading


One Hundred Percent, One Hundred Percent of the Time or Why Am I Sitting in the Hot Sun Listening to This

Mid July, 95 degrees, West Point Military Academy. Army Lacrosse coach Joe Alberici screams, or shall I say “communicates” in the Army manner, the words, “A tough guy gives one hundred percent, one hundr...Continue Reading


That Guy

Most of us had mentors who influenced us early on in our medical education- -the key person, or maybe persons, who started us on the path we took. Medicine, in the past, was much more like an apprenticeship. You found &ld...Continue Reading


Long Pants: Short Story

Sit at the airport. Observe. Why do so many people – men and women – wear their pants too long? I’m not talking about “stylish” young men whose problem with long pants begins at their waist (...Continue Reading


Looking for Ruiz

There is some guy in NYC with the last name Ruiz. Actually, there are probably a fair number of people in NYC with the last name Ruiz. But the Ruiz who I am looking for works for the NYPD Traffic Patrol. He works the area...Continue Reading


The Discovery of God

Last summer scientists discovered God. He was found in Cern, Switzerland. One would have suspected that God would be found in Switzerland, a small, quiet, unassuming country. God is not a show-off. His ego is quite intact...Continue Reading


In Search of The Right Life

I am in Brooklyn walking through an old, beautifully designed bank with my two sons, Jeremy and Sam. It is the kind of bank that is architecturally so interesting with columns, mosaics, gilded ceilings and the character o...Continue Reading


Manage the Unavoidable Avoid the Unmanageable

Relevant educational questions are being asked: Who should learn how to treat vein disease? Who should be teaching others about venous disease? What are the educational requirements to teach others about venous disease...Continue Reading