Recent Posts by Dr. Patrick Neustatter

Banana Pudding and the Making of a Good Doctor

Because I was writing about precepting a medical student, I looked back at what I had written before. I found this that I wrote 3 1/2 years ago:   When the medical student likened the pieces of banana in the desert at the Chinese restaurant to Reed-Sternberg cells of Hodgkins lymphoma, I knew he had…
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Is This Self Prescribing OK?

The patient I saw in the clinic yesterday has fully embraced the Virginia senate’s unanimous vote decriminalizing medical marijuana it would seem.   Edward C. was my first patient, being seen for the first time. “He uses quite a lot of marijuana” the nurses who checked him in told me. “He smoked some this morning”…
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Heart Apps Causing App-rihension

My brother-in-law Olly, a Dutch ex-merchant mariner is a bit of a character. But also a bit of a hypochondriac.   [caption id="attachment_2562" align="alignnone" width="666"] The Picture of Health?[/caption]   When Paula and I went to England for Christmas , the whole family decamped to stay at Fingals Hotel, which describes itself as  an “eccentric,…
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What Traumatizing Kids Can Do To Them

This is a piece I wrote for the Free Lance-Star about the incredibly long term effects adverse childhood events (ACE's) can have on people.   What's the prospects for kids currently being separated from their parents at the border?   Adverse Childhood Experiences     I was not giving much thought to the childhood experiences…
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