One Less Term in the Newspeak Dictionary?

The government has a rich history of creating Orwellian terms. To doctors and their patients they’ve bequeathed a few howlers, not least the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act“. My personal favorite is “Meaningful Use“. This term will surely require some definition and explanation. Meaningful Use was originally stitched into the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009“, the so-called “Stimulus Bill”. Briefly, a fair amount of stimulus money was dangled in front of physicians and hospitals in order to “encourage” them to adopt electronic health records (EHRs). The logic,…

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The First Rule of Closing Arguments

The trending page on FB blew up this morning with news reports of a 31-year old former daycare provider in Virginia who was convicted of 13 felony and misdemeanor counts of child cruelty, assault, and battery. Sarah Jordan underwent a 3-day bench trial, meaning without a jury, during which time several former colleagues of hers testified that Jordan stepped on toddler’s toes, sprayed water on them, and dunked water on their heads. She is also accused of verbally assaulting at least one toddler, comparing her to a rat. For the purposes of discussion,…

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Another Item for the Zero Tolerance File

I have a clear memory of childhood, watching a classmate playing soccer with an inhaler in his hand. He carried the inhaler, I assumed, because he had asthma, and indeed once or twice per game he’d take a puff. By “game”, I do not mean an after school pick-up match, I mean a scheduled contest against a rival school, with uniforms and everything.  This kid was a forward, and he was pretty good, as I remember. It never occurred to us that there might be a reason this young man shouldn’t…

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A Collision Sport

“Football isn’t a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport” – Duffy Daugherty “I see a concussion movie every Sunday” – Richard Sherman Full disclosure: I have never played football.  I’ve played a few games of two-hand touch.  One time in elementary school I was lent a set of pads and a helmet and invited to play a game of tackle.  Once was enough for me. Further disclosure: I have never had a concussion. In my professional life I have had occasion to see a number of young…

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