HOUSE CALLS by Dr. Gerald Deas—It was reported in the news around and about, 1990, that former President Bush rejected outright the taste for broccoli. It was plain that he was not an advocate for this most nutritious vegetable. In reflecting on the state of our worldly affairs today, maybe this explains why we are in a devastating war.
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/.
HOUSE CALLS by Dr. Gerald Deas As I walk through the waiting room of the hospital where I have been a physician for many years, I often observe many elderly people who are waiting for someone or something. A few years ago, one of the elderly ladies namely, Hattie Brown befriended me and engaged me […]
HOUSE CALLS by Dr. Gerald Deas When I was a kid, going to public school, it was inevitable that the toughest hyper maniac in the class always wanted to pick someone out to beat up at 3 p.m. Well, one day I was named as the victim of that threat, and, to say the least, […]
HOUSE CALLS by Dr. Gerald Deas When I was a kid, the only way my mom got me to eat my spinach was to sing a song about Popeye and his muscles. I’m sure you remember the playground version of the words to that song which states: “I’m Popeye the sailor man, I live in […]
HOUSE CALLS by Dr. Gerald W. Deas Do you realize that until 1955, the medical profession had no treatment for hypertension? Control of this condition was accomplished mostly with low-sal diet and home remedies. Many of the folks in the “hood” had high blood pressure due to ingestion of a large quantity of salt-laden foods, […]
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 guys. From this experience, I wanted to become a cop even though many of my good friends became good cops such as Ben Ward, the first black commissioner of the NYC police department.
HOUSE CALLS by Dr. Deas—On a Sunday morning, several years ago, as my wife and I were leaving for church, I received a phone call from one of my dear patients who stated that her husband had had a stroke and wanted me to stop by. Since we already were late for church, a few minutes would not make any difference, especially since the minister spoke at a later time in the service.
As I was waiting for my tires to be changed in the garage, I began to reflect how often we change well worn tires but can’t change our knees. Don’t get me wrong, I know that we can have knee replacement in these modern times, but it is quite a procedure and expensive. During my practice of medicine, however, I have had many patients who have gotten new knees and praised God everyday.