June 18, 2012 |
In the 1970s, Dr. Mary Hansen would learn ahead of time what soap opera fans across the nation would have hungered to know — what was up next on All My Children and One Life to Live. "She was a close personal friend of Agnes Nixon," the Main Line creator and script writer of both daytime shows, Dr. Hansen's daughter, Barbara Carper, said. "Agnes would send her the scripts and she would read through them and verify their medical accuracy. " It was not a staff position, but, Carper said, "it was a fun thing, fun for me to brag about it. " Her mother "was very quiet, very reserved," Carper said.
May 27, 2012 |
Caspar Wistar was once one of the premier physicians in Philadelphia. Born in the city in 1761, Wistar was the son of Richard and Sarah Wyatt Wistar, a Quaker family. As a teenager, Wistar assisted the wounded from the Battle of Germantown in 1777, and this experience reportedly inspired him to go into medicine. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and received his doctorate in 1786.
May 25, 2012 |
Is it still necessary to use kittens to teach pediatric medical residents how to insert breathing tubes into tiny babies? Doctors at Albert Einstein Medical Center say yes. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine thinks not. The Washington-based nonprofit group, which says it has 10,000 physician members, said this week that it plans to file a complaint about the practice against Einstein on Thursday. The complaint is to be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's animal care office in Raleigh, N.C. The group contends that practicing on kittens violates the Animal Welfare Act because training programs can use simulators that are just as effective.
May 5, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's jailed and ailing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko tentatively agreed Friday to have her back condition treated at a local hospital under the supervision of a German doctor. Tymoshenko lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko said the treatment of Tymoshenko's herniated disc will start Tuesday at a hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where she is jailed. He said she will give her final approval after meeting with her attorneys next week. Karl Max Einhaeupl, a doctor with Berlin's Charite clinic, who arrived to examine Tymoshenko, said his colleague will observe the treatment.
April 13, 2012 |
When Pennsylvania's new natural gas law, which takes effect Saturday, was being debated, the focus was on high-profile issues such as the new impact fee. But just before it passed, medical provisions were added that now have some physicians worried it will compromise public health. Except in an emergency, a physician who needs proprietary information about chemicals used in natural gas drilling to assess a patient must provide "a written statement" to a company, according to the act, and must sign a confidentiality agreement.
April 11, 2012 |
Dr. Joseph L. Hayes, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, an emergency-room physician, died of complications of pneumonia Friday, April 6, at home. After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1961, Dr. Hayes completed an internship at Cherry Hill Hospital. He then had a general medicine practice in Havertown. In 1969, he became an emergency-room physician at Tri-County Hospital, now Springfield Hospital. Dr. Hayes helped train many students, interns, and residents, his children said.
April 6, 2012
WHAT ARE they afraid of? That's the obvious question that arises from yet another move by the fracking industry, and their BFFs in Pennsylvania government, to keep secret ("proprietary," if you will) the toxic chemicals that they are injecting into the earth. Act 13, the hydraulic fracturing law passed in February, already qualified as a major corporate giveaway to the natural-gas industry, giving companies the right to overturn local zoning laws and pretty much drill anywhere.
February 10, 2012 |
Michael D. Stulpin, 59, of Newtown Square, a family physician in Sharon Hill for more than 30 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Since 1981, Dr. Stulpin had maintained a practice in Sharon Hill. "One of his greatest sources of pride was his personal and medical relationships with multiple generations of his patient families," said his wife, Anne Gettemuller Stulpin. Dr. Stulpin was an assistant medical director with Devon Health Services.
February 5, 2012
Founded in 1787, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is one of the nation's oldest medical societies. John Redman was one of its founding members and its first president. Redman was born in Philadelphia in 1722 and was educated locally at William Tennant's Log College, a seminary in Bucks County. He completed his later studies in medicine at Edinburgh University and worked for a time in Europe. Returning to Philadelphia about 1748, Redman soon became a well-known and respected physician.
February 1, 2012 |
As I prepared to leave the doctor's office after a routine checkup a few months ago, the receptionist handed me a list of blood work for my next visit. I asked whether a PSA was really necessary: My prostate numbers had been elevated after six months on supplemental testosterone, but since I had stopped the hormone, two consecutive tests had come back normal. "Your insurance will probably cover it," she said. I wanted her to question the doctor anyway, and a couple of days later, she called to say that he had removed the test.