Recent Writings
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]
Searching for Semmelweis
My father's hero was not a baseball player, movie star, or president. It was Ignaz Semmelweis, a 19th-century Hungarian physician. For my dad, a professor of infectious diseas[more]
Treat Reckless Driving Like Drunk Driving
On a rainy, foggy night earlier this month, a New York City taxi driver making a left turn at a light apparently did not see my 9-year-old nephew and his 6-foot-3 father [more]
A Nurse Gains Fame in the Days of Polio
In the years after World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt routinely won polls as America’s most admired woman. But in a 1952 Gallup poll, she was beaten by an Australian nurse, Eli[more]
The Father Who Fought for Lorenzo’s Oil
Augusto Odone surely was one of the best fathers of all time. Along with his wife, Michaela, Mr. Odone defied and then amazed the medical profession when he devised an apparen[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

8/1/14: Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

9/12/14: Medicine Grand Rounds, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore

9/5/14: Medicine X Conference, Stanford University

9/27/14: College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10/14/14: University of Miami, Athens, Ohio

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