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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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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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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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A stent costs a mint

A stent costs a mint

| October 15, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, our neighborhood was a melting pot of all races and religions. You name it, we claimed it. We lived in harmony. When someone or somebody was not living up to their potential, they were given a label such as, “you are […]

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To beef or not to beef… health is the question

To beef or not to beef… health is the question

| August 6, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Beef—Meat from a steer, cow or bull when fully grown are fattened  for food. Beef used as a slang means to complain; grievance. When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, “TB or not TB, that […]

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Transplant organs with ‘War-Ranty’

Transplant organs with ‘War-Ranty’

| July 16, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas. M.D. In the year of our Lord, 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War. I was to graduate in June of that year from Brooklyn College but was drafted in April, three months prior to my graduation. After basic training, I was ultimately […]

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You’ve got some nerve

You’ve got some nerve

| June 18, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear that expression, “You’ve got some nerve.” Well, in the family of diseases, when diabetes insults our body, it also has some nerve and can affect nerves throughout the body. The nerve pathology can occur in the feet, legs, heart, […]

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Keep a healthy gut

Keep a healthy gut

| March 26, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. The only time that we know we have a gut is when it either growls or cramps up, causing pain. Oh! There’s another time we know we have a gut. It’s when you look down and can’t see your knees. That’s really not an enlarged gut, but a collection of […]

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