Recent Writings
When Patients Don’t Follow Up
Several years ago, I saw a woman with unexpectedly high blood pressure. Her readings were as high as 140/110, way above the normal value of 120/80. Though she was otherwise h[more]
Physician, Sing Thyself: A Doctor Checks Up on a New “Allegro”
Aside from Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Frankenstein, there are not a lot of doctors in Broadway musicals. Yet a show about father-and-son physicians was written by perhaps the grea[more]
Not So Simple: The Breast Cancer Stories of Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller
Forty years ago, when two women -- Betty Ford and Margaretta (Happy) Rockefeller -- went public with their diagnoses of breast cancer, it was historic. In contrast to our mode[more]
When Medicine is Futile
MY father would have been thrilled to read “Dying in America,” a new report by the Institute of Medicine that argues that we subject dying patients to too many treatments,[more]
When the Doctor Knows Best
I still remember the day my father told me the story of how, in 1996, he had single-handedly prevented other physicians from performing CPR on a woman whose heart had just sto[more]
Guns, Cars and Too Much Liberty
It is not hard to be moved by Richard Martinez's emotional public calls for gun control in the wake of his son Christopher's death during the recent shootings in Santa Barbara[more]
Should Doctors Take Care of Their Relatives?
Modern physicians may give medical advice to their family members or, in a pinch, write them prescription for a low-risk medication. (They’re not really supposed to, bu[more]
When Doctors Act on Tradition and Emotion Over New Science
A series of new studies published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association underscore the complicated nature of new recommendations that could potenti[more]
Sherwin Nuland and the Medical History Wars
Most of the obituaries for the physician-historian, Sherwin A. Nuland, who died on Monday, March 3, have rightfully emphasized his 1994 book, How We Die, which won the Nationa[more]
Alcoholism Through a Doctor’s Eyes
When I teach medical students about alcoholism, it is never easy. Students arrive with preconceived notions and stereotypes obtained from books, television and films — and [more]

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July 17, 2014

Father, Doctor, Role Model
‘The Good Doctor’: A Son’s Look at an Earlier Generation

In a career that spanned more than five decades, from the 1950s into the 21st century, Dr. Phillip I. Lerner witnessed vast transformations in medicine. But as his son, Dr. Barron H. Lerner, writes in this exquisitely insightful new memoir, none of the changes was more profound than the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship.
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npr-terrygrossBarron Lerner appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on May 13th. The complete interview is here.

Upcoming Appearances

12/11/14: Yeshiva University, New York, NY

12/16/14: Pediatric Grand Rounds, Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital, Baltimore, MD

12/18/14: Bioethics Grand Rounds, York Hospital, York PA

1/12/13/15: Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on Medical Professionalism, University of Vermont College of Medicine

1/20-22/15: John Leonard Visiting Scholar, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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