Book update

For those of you who have been waiting patiently for my book (Windblown; The Remarkable Life of Richard S. Buker Jr., MD; A Family Doctor), I am happy to report that it has been printed and scheduled to be delivered to my residence today. I will transport copies to St. Louis tomorrow where the vendor […]

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The Miracle of Primary Care

I published the following blog in January 2012 writing under the pseudonym of the Frugal Family Doctor. I repost it today because so little has changed. For research purposes, primary healthcare has been described using four characteristics. It is a healthcare resource that people first contact for many different health concerns. People continue to consult […]

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Windblown’s Purpose

I have written about healthcare issues for several years.  Under the blog name Frugal Family Doctor (http://frugalfamilydoctor.blogspot.com/), I authored around 175 short pieces between November of 2011 and July of 2015.  After a hiatus, I am writing again.  As my blog name implied, I am concerned about the high costs of healthcare in the US.  […]

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Choices

Years ago I attended a conference organized to explore the blurred boundary between medicine and religion. I heard a moving presentation by a doctor who spent his life as a doctor/missionary in Sub-Saharan Africa. He told us of a choice he had made when allocating an annual medication budget. He had encountered a child with […]

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Conflicted Interests

In the early 1980s I was invited to attend an all-expenses-paid medical conference at a resort in Colorado. The event was sponsored to announce a new drug class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. The drug, generically called captopril, was marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb under the trade name Capoten. Outstanding medical educators, scientists and researchers were […]

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Patience for Patients

Last Tuesday I became impatient while waiting for a resident physician to finish seeing her last patient. It was snowing and growing dark outside and I was anxious to get home. The second-year resident had been in an exam room with her patient, a late work-in appointment, for nearly an hour. As a supervisor, I […]

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Buyers Beware

During my family practice residency one full day was dedicated to teaching us about practice management. It was a fanciful attempt to confer an adequate business education in one day. The residency program arranged for our class to be excused from all clinical (patient care) responsibilities and a variety of speakers were invited to share […]

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