July 18, 2016 |
Dr. Theodore Rodman didn't happen upon his patients only in the medical school and hospital at Temple University. "Once in a while," his former administrative assistant Kathy Clark Kelley said, "he liked to go around the corner from the hospital" for a roast beef sandwich. "More than once, he brought back a sickly guy," she said, "probably a ditch digger or construction worker. " The guy was "maybe wheezing, maybe coughing," and Dr. Rodman "provided him with the care that he needed, free of charge, no chart, no questions asked.
June 25, 2016 |
Scott Shapiro treats patients with clogged arteries, heart failure, and other classic cardiovascular diseases that strike millions of adults. Yet over the next year, the cardiologist says, he will spend dozens of hours cramming to learn intricate details about other conditions that he does not treat in his Abington practice, such as rare congenital heart defects. He and other leaders of the Pennsylvania Medical Society are part of heated national debate over how to ensure that physicians maintain their skills.
June 5, 2016 |
Dana Walrath discovered graphic narratives while her mother, then in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease, was living with her. Her mother's ability to use and understand language was failing, but she devoured such sophisticated illustrated books as Maus and Persepolis that took on, respectively, the Holocaust and growing up in Iran. "She was able to bring the story in through a visual channel," said Walrath, a medical anthropologist at the University of Vermont who earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
January 23, 2016 |
Hugh M. Lasch, 47, of Mount Laurel, a former Lumberton gastroenterologist, died of complications from atrial fibrillation on Friday, Jan. 15, at home. He was the son of Hugh C. Lasch, a 27-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, who worked as a patrolman in the canine unit, said the senior Lasch's brother, Clifford.. "He was on the mayor's detail" for a couple of administrations, Clifford Lasch said, and retired from a unit at Philadelphia International Airport. Dr. Lasch was a 1986 graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a premed bachelor's degree at the University of Scranton in 1990.
December 3, 2015
BETWEEN all the football and turkey, why not show some gratitude for your health and that beautiful body that carries you through life? Contrary to popular belief, you don't need high-intensity, sweating-buckets, feel-like-I'm-going-to-die workouts to get into good shape. To get into and maintain your fitness, you can get inspiration from the classic Aesop fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare. " You know the one, where the fast arrogant hare hangs his head in the agony of defeat, as the victorious tortoise declares, "Slow and steady wins the race!"
November 30, 2015 |
William J. Hammer, 71, formerly of Lower Gwynedd, a cardiologist, medical staff leader, and educator, died Sunday, Nov. 15, of heart failure on Kiawah Island, S.C., where he had lived since 2013. Dr. Hammer was a practicing cardiologist and chairman of the department of medicine at Chestnut Hill Hospital for more than 25 years. Born and reared in Germantown, he was the only child of Anna and William Hammer. He was a 1961 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and a 1965 graduate of La Salle College.
June 11, 2015 |
David A. Bevan, 71, of Gladwyne, a retired rheumatologist at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), died of cardiac arrest Saturday, June 6, in St. Michaels, Md., after an afternoon of sailing. He was a week away from celebrating his 46th wedding anniversary, his family said. Dr. Bevan was professor, chair, and course director of rheumatology in Osteopathic Hospital's department of internal medicine. Dr. Bevan later was affiliated with Suburban General Hospital in Norristown.
February 9, 2015 |
Donald Vail Rhoads, 86, an internist and an active Philadelphia-area Quaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. Dr. Rhoads, of Chestnut Hill, was a graduate of Westtown School, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital. He completed a three-year fellowship in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and received his master's degree in internal medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1960.
December 10, 2014 |
Brittany Maynard and the Death With Dignity movement have received significant attention this fall, but one stalwart in end-of-life care says the push for physician-assisted suicide is premature, and distracts from a much more important issue. Joanne Lynn, a geriatrician, hospice physician, former Medicare medical director, and author, has spent her career fighting to improve care of the dying. She says laws such as Oregon's - allowing terminally ill, mentally competent people such as Maynard, with six months or less to live, to end their lives - would not be applicable to most Americans.
December 2, 2014 |
Jay A. Desjardins, 84, formerly of Havertown, a retired internist, died of pneumonia Sunday, Nov. 23, at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Dr. Desjardins practiced internal medicine for 35 years in Havertown, and was an attending physician at Fitzgerald Mercy, Riddle Memorial, and Delaware County Memorial Hospitals. His family said he was a respected doctor at a time when diagnostic imaging and laboratory studies were unavailable, and when health care was very personal.