In EMS, Perception Is Everything

Last week in part 1 of this series, I introduced the topic of perception, as discussed by Dr. Edward Racht, EMS medical director for Austin/Travis County, Texas, during the 2004 CHANGES Conference in Augusta, Ga.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything (1)

In March, I found myself cruising west over the South Carolina Midlands toward the Georgia line. It was a misty day, eerie, with small patches of clear sky only at the peak of the rolling hills. From the CD player, Glen Campbell was wailing in his best Jimmy Webb mode; and as I crossed the Savannah River, I found that Gov. Sonny Perdue was glad I had "Georgia on my Mind."

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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The Call to Public Health

If you got a chance to go back to where you started and cause mischief for nearly 3 million people, it would be silly to turn it down.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

When C Was for Cookie

About two years ago, I started collecting art. Nothing too elaborate, thank you very much, but just enough that I could point to a few pieces on the wall, proclaim their pedigree, and seem very self-important.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

EMS, Politics and the Great Urban Sprawl

It s July in Daytona Beach, and there are a lot of hot issues out there for us locals. One is the heat itself, more oppressive this summer than the last.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 2

Last week, I described how my experience aboard a floating casino started me thinking about the need to get past the prejudice of seeing only individuals in health care and the need to see them, occasionally, as numbers.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 1

Recently, I went on a gambling boat. It wasn't that the student loans had gone into default, or that I owed money and liked having kneecaps. The occasion was the Annual Banquet for the Environmental Health Department at the Volusia County Health Department.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Potshots

I get all kinds of mail at the Volusia County Health Department. Most of it is quite pleasant to read. There are letters that flatter me personally and the department as a whole. I also see the thank you notes from grateful community partners. But every now and then something comes across my desk that is truly bizarre.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Thin Line Between Fragile Rationality and Primal Drive

My recent article about events in Iraq brought forth a host of letters. They were eloquent statements of shared fear and common horror, of the need to seek solace in the small while striving toward the grand. I truly cannot do justice to them, so I won't even try. Res ipsa loquitor let them speak for themselves.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007






 

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