Author Archive: Dr. Gerald Deas

Gerald W. Deas, MD, MPH, MA is a physician, poet, patient advocate, playwright, media personality, political activist and public health crusader. Read his full bio at http://www.downstate.edu/giving/funds/deas.html/.

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Bad coppers, good coppers

Bad coppers, good coppers

| February 18, 2015

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a kid, law officers, peace officers and policemen were referred to as cops or coppers by the bad guys. It was the coppers against the gangsters. In the local movies, I would sit on the edge of my seat watching the good cops take out the bad […]

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BIBLE=Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth Regarding Children

BIBLE=Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth Regarding Children

| February 11, 2015

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. In this column today, I would like to dwell on the many folks who have contributed toward children’s well being. In the gospel of Matthew 19:13, it states: “Little children were brought for Jesus to lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded those who brought them. […]

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A half empty glass for medical care

A half empty glass for medical care

| February 6, 2015

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I am sure that you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation with a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty. In my practice of medicine, I have always advised a patient after a diagnosis is made, to consider that many […]

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Martin Luther King, spiritual Healer (1929-1968)

Martin Luther King, spiritual Healer (1929-1968)

| January 28, 2015

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Martin Luther King wrapped himself around the gauze of the crucified Jesus and began his short journey on this earth. He believed strongly as James Russell Lowell put it: “Truth forever on the scaffold. Wrong forever on the throne.” Judge Derrick Bell interpreted this quote with the following: “Defeat, disgrace […]

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Listen to the elders

Listen to the elders

| January 6, 2015

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Oliver Manning, my patient, was short in stature but had a giant heart and mind. I took care of this wonderful man and his wife for many years. Before age took over his memory, he shared many instructive poems that I often heard him recite. As you read the following poem […]

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Take a pause with a black Santa Claus

Take a pause with a black Santa Claus

| December 24, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. While growing up, the only Santa Claus that I believed in was a fat, cheery, robust, white Santa. He was the one that I waited for to climb down the chimney and put a favorite toy under my tree. In fact, I was conditioned by the media that Christmas was […]

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A reason for a spiritual season

A reason for a spiritual season

| December 23, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. A few years ago, I took care of a beautiful, elderly, blind, African American woman who was cared for by a gentle, sweet, elderly white lady. No one could deny that this relationship was truly a spiritual one. In fact, I was so moved by their love and concern toward […]

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Sani (tation) Claus

Sani (tation) Claus

| December 22, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared from other hands whether it be from relatives, coworkers, caterers and those in the restaurant business. Most folks are considerate in their preparation with hands that are sanitized. By the way, to make […]

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A reason for a spiritual season

A reason for a spiritual season

| December 17, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. (This column is for those who think they know God, for those who are not sure and especially for myself) Recently, I came upon a quote by a Sufi mystic named al-Halraj, who stated: ”I saw my Lord with the eye of the heart. I said: ‘Who are you?’ He […]

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Alcohol and old lace

Alcohol and old lace

| December 10, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Many renowned persons have made comments regarding alcoholism. One of those is John W. Gardner, American educator who stated, “No other national health problem has been so seriously neglected as alcoholism. Many doctors decline to accept alcoholics as patients. Most hospitals refuse to admit alcoholics. Available methods of treatment have […]

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