December 6, 2011
By Peter Sananman, Hallam Gugelmann, and Jeanmarie Perrone 'I need Percocet, Doc," the man said. He reported that he had fallen off a ladder the day before while cleaning gutters. His request for that particular narcotic pain medication may not have raised suspicion if not for an astute clerk who recognized him. The clerk retrieved records showing the man had gone to the same emergency room four times over the past six months for alleged falls off a ladder. There's no telling how many other emergency rooms he had been to across the city.
November 23, 2011 |
Dr. Mary Longo Papola, 92, a physician who cared for families in South Philadelphia and Upper Darby, died of sepsis Saturday, Nov. 19, at Freedom Village, a retirement community in West Brandywine. Dr. Papola grew up in South Philadelphia, where her Italian immigrant parents ran a bakery. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic High School, earned a bachelor's degree from Immaculata College, and was one of five women to earn a medical degree from Temple University in 1943.
November 14, 2011 |
Isaac Djerassi, 86, a medical researcher and clinician, died Saturday, Nov. 12, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after surgery. Dr. Djerassi, who worked in the fields of hematology and oncology, played a key role in developing centrifuge and filtration techniques for platelet and white-cell transfusions to support aggressive cancer chemotherapy. He was born in Bulgaria and attended a Catholic French college there but was sent to a transit camp by the Nazis in 1943.
October 29, 2011 |
Edward J. Resnick, 86, of Bala Cynwyd, an orthopedic surgeon and former director of the Pain Control Center at Temple University, died of complications from heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Resnick founded the center and operated it from 1975 to 1991, his son, Bernard, said. On summer visits sponsored by Care/Medico from 1973 to 1984 and Orthopedics Overseas from 1984 to 1990, Dr. Resnick taught physicians in Kenya and Tunisia as well as in Peru and the Dominican Republic.
October 28, 2011 |
A Souderton physician accused of "creating a generation of drug addicts" in northern Montgomery County turned himself in Thursday to authorities. Prosecutors allege Richard Ruth, 76, wrote nearly 1,800 prescriptions between May 2010 and April for highly addictive medications such as oxycodone and Percocet and put them in the hands of addicts, street-level drug dealers, and patients who later overdosed. The accusations come six years after he voluntarily gave up his license to prescribe medicine during a similar investigation into allegations that he was recklessly handing out drugs.
October 13, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Conrad Murray's defense Wednesday abandoned a theory it had touted for more than a year that Michael Jackson swallowed the drug that killed him, an abrupt shift in strategy that undermines its case. The reason was clear: The defense had learned its contention that the singer swallowed the anesthetic propofol while Murray was out of the room in June 2009 couldn't be supported with scientific evidence. The developments, along with a medical expert's repudiation of Murray's medical skills, suggested the defense must recoup significant lost ground in its bid to acquit him of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.
September 27, 2011
I FELT SOME pressure to get this story into the paper before Chaz Bono got axed from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " He's not the most polished dancer, but I really hope Bono lasts on the wildly popular show because the transsexual son of singer/actress Cher and the late Sonny Bono is so much fun to watch. Plus, every flash of his smile is a slap at the haters and those who are urging a boycott of the show because they're afraid Bono might confuse their children. Of course, gender dysmorphia isn't contagious.
August 26, 2011 |
The interior landscape of the Pennsylvania Avenue penthouse condominium belonging to physicians Alfred and Paula Stillman at the Philadelphian is not just a dramatic showplace. It's a warm, vibrant home, full of personality and interest. And Paula Stillman will explain that it's that warmth that led this couple to move from the suburbs to the city. Not that it was obvious from the start. "The first time we saw the space, mostly out of curiosity," Paula says, "it was actually quite depressing.
August 4, 2011
Baruj Benacerraf, 90, a Venezuela-born immunologist who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, died Tuesday of pneumonia at his Boston home. A physician-scientist, Mr. Benacerraf discovered that genetic factors played a central role in the function of the immune system. That finding led to a 1980 Nobel Prize for him and colleagues Jean Dausset of the University of Paris and George Snell of Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. He also led the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
July 27, 2011 |
Dr. Joseph F. Pandolfi, 71, a family physician in South Philadelphia for more than 40 years and an ardent Mummers supporter, died Sunday, July 24, at Kennedy University Hospital-Washington Township of complications of liver cancer. Dr. Pandolfi, who lived and practiced medicine on South Broad Street, was host to an open house every New Year's Day, inviting 200 friends and relatives to watch the Mummers Parade pass his front door. In 1999, though many Mummers objected, Mayor Ed Rendell proposed shortening the parade route and moving it to Market Street to increase crowds.