July 25, 2013 |
WHEN KEVIN Chavarria arrived at Harvard University for a summer of study, he was impressed by the seriousness of the students. "Everybody had their nose in a book," said his wife, Karla. "There was no fooling around. Everybody was serious. He truly learned to study and to discover that if you really desire to achieve your goals and dreams, you must eat, drink and sleep it. " Kevin did. Devoting himself heart and soul to learning medicine and, ultimately, becoming a highly respected doctor in Philadelphia who specialized in relieving his patients of pain and the dread of illness.
June 30, 2013 |
On the physician's checklist, somewhere between describing how difficult an operation was and which steps a family might want to take next, expressions of empathy may now become more prevalent. Again making its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill - "benevolent-gesture" legislation - that would prohibit empathetic statements such as apologies and condolences from being used against medical personnel in court. The measure, which passed unanimously in the state Senate Tuesday and the House Judiciary Committee Friday, has advanced farther than previous efforts.
June 22, 2013 |
Despite a painful past marked by time in Nazi labor and concentration camps, relatives said, Peter Siegler's warm and humorous personality never hardened. Dr. Siegler, 89, of Haverford, died Wednesday, June 5, of heart disease at his Naples, Fla., townhouse. The Hungarian native's first impression of America came in 1945, when he was starving and sick after spending about six months in a concentration camp in Austria during his 20s. He was liberated by soldiers, and when he asked for a smoke, a GI handed him not just one cigarette but a pack of Camels.
June 20, 2013 |
Around 10 Tuesday morning, Debra Dippold stopped by her doctor's office in Pennsauken to pick up a prescription. On an impulse, she brought flowers. "Something told me to bring flowers. Something, God, I guess," Dippold, 56, said of the $25 bouquet. Michelle E. Liggio, 47, a family practitioner, was busy with patients and Dippold didn't get to see her. Liggio's husband, Christopher, was sitting at a computer, Dippold recalled. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., the busy but tranquil scene was shattered.
May 20, 2013 |
Milton N. Kitei, 94, a retired family physician, died Friday, May 17, of heart failure at his home in Lafayette Hill. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Kitei graduated from Central High School, where he won oratory contests. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's College, now university, and his medical degree in 1944 from Jefferson Medical College. After an internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center and a stint in the Navy as a first lieutenant, Dr. Kitei began his 64-year-long medical career, most of it affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.
April 2, 2013
In the Region PolyMedix files for bankruptcy PolyMedix Inc. , a small biotech company in Radnor, has sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission . In January, PolyMedix replaced its chief executive officer, Nicholas Landekic, with chief financial officer Edward F. Smith as interim CEO. Smith resigned Monday, according to the filing. A company spokeswoman did not return a call or e-mail. With its most advanced drug only in stage two (of three)
March 8, 2013 |
Swashbuckling warriors and deceitful deities. A six-headed monster and a witch who turns men into pigs. It is gripping stuff, these tales attributed to the poet Homer, yet no one is entirely sure when the works were written. Now comes an answer from a New Jersey physician who found his muse in an unconventional place: the realm of statistics. Eric L. Altschuler joined with biologists to study the words of ancient Greek as if they were genes, evolving and changing over time. By analyzing a set of 173 common words in modern Greek, Homeric Greek, and an older language called Hittite, the scholars concluded that The Iliad and The Odyssey were written down in the mid-eighth century B.C. "It's like a time machine," said Altschuler, an associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
March 2, 2013
John C. Esposito, 86, a physician in Springfield, Delaware County, for more than 50 years, died Monday, Feb. 18, of cancer at his winter home in Cape Coral, Fla. A son of Italian immigrants, Dr. Esposito grew up in South Philadelphia. His parents, Charles and Anna, impressed on him the importance of a sound education. After graduating from South Philadelphia High School for Boys and Temple University, he received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
February 7, 2013 |
Richard A. Weinberg, 80, of Upper Providence, a dermatologist who practiced in Delaware County for more than 40 years and had a passion for photography, died Sunday, Feb. 3, of cancer at his home. Dr. Weinberg, who opened a medical office on Sproul Road in Springfield in 1964, incorporated his love of photography in his practice. The walls of his waiting room were filled with his photographs. Specializing in nature photography, Dr. Weinberg enjoyed capturing the beauty of the outdoors and often spent hours taking photos at Tyler Arboretum in Media and Ridley Creek State Park in Upper Providence.
November 14, 2012 |
RUSHVILLE, Ill. - Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years. Dr. Russell Dohner is, after all, a man of routine, a steady force to be counted on in uncertain times. His office has no fax machines or computers. Medical records are kept on handwritten index cards, stuffed into row upon row of filing cabinets. The only thing that has changed really - other than the quickness of the doctor's step or the color of his thinning hair - is his fee. When Dohner started practicing medicine in Rushville in 1955, he charged the going rate around town for an office visit: $2. Now, it is $5. This in an era when the cost of health care has steadily risen, when those who don't have medical insurance often forgo seeing a doctor.