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August 11, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
David J. McAleer, 92, who retired in 2002 after a 46-year medical practice in Delaware County, died Monday, Aug. 6, of heart failure at his home in Hershey's Mill, a retirement community in West Goshen. Dr. McAleer was a surgeon at what is now Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby from 1956 to 2002 and at Riddle Memorial Hospital near Media from 1962 while maintaining a practice in Upper Darby, then in Havertown and Drexel Hill. He was president of the medical staff at Mercy in 1985-86 and, in the same term, chairman of its medical board.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Every August, a new class of future physicians gathers to put on the starched jackets that transform them from 22-year-old idealists to healers in training. These "white-coat ceremonies" are inspiring affairs. This year's events also broke news, since students are embarking on a career that's changing in real time. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (assuming it survives the presidential election), these would-be doctors will study gross anatomy as well as cost containment. They'll keep records electronically, a snap for a generation raised on texting.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 150 physicians affiliated with Abington Memorial Hospital met there Wednesday and decried its plan to stop performing abortions as part of a partnership with nearby Holy Redeemer Health System, according to doctors at the meeting. With growing community outcry over the proposed merger, the physicians' disapproval may be enough to undermine it, or at least prompt a reappraisal of the terms, some doctors believe. Joel Polin, Abington's chair of obstetrics and gynecology, said that the hospital's situation was changing "hour by hour" and that high-level internal meetings took place Wednesday afternoon.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2012
Doylestown Hospital announced that president and chief executive officer Richard A. Reif plans to retire by the end of 2012 after more than 23 years in the job. Board of Directors chairwoman Carolyn Della-Rodolfa said the board accepted Reif's resignation "with heartfelt appreciation of his leadership and warmest wishes for his future. " A search firm was retained to seek Reif's successor. — David Sell
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 27, 2012 | Freelance
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.
NEWS
May 25, 2012 | By Stacey Burling
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.
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Anna Melnichuk, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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