Recent Writings
The Robot Will See You Now: Robert Wachter’s “The Digital Doctor”
Consider Robert Wachter’s vision of the hospital in the not-so-distant future. There will be no more dedicated intensive-care units, because only seriously ill patients wi[more]
Fighting Mental Illness on the Ballfield
Mental illness remains highly stigmatized, even after celebrities like Brooke Shields, Mel Gibson and Robin Williams went public with their stories. So it was really a big de[more]
Overruling My Father
When it came to offering medical interventions to severely ill patients with no hope of recovery, my father had a fiercely strong opinion: They were inappropriate. For decade[more]
I Am A Talking Head On The New Ken Burns Cancer Documentary — Not
I received the e-mail in May 2012. Would I be willing to be interviewed for an upcoming Ken Burns Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary based on the book “The Emperor[more]
Science, Activism and Truth: “Galileo’s Middle Finger, by Alice Dreger
It is fitting that as I was reading Alice Dreger’s new book “Galileo’s Middle Finger,” news reports were full of “Deflategate,” in which the New England Patriots w[more]
Please Stop Making That Noise
I can’t stand it when someone behind me at a movie chews popcorn with his or her mouth open. I mean, I really can’t stand it. I have misophonia, a condition with which[more]
Why Drunk Driving Checkpoints Should Be Celebrated, Not Avoided
A Florida defense lawyer and libertarian has become a YouTube sensation by recommending that drivers pulled over during checkpoint stops to detect drunk drivers do not open th[more]
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]

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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

April 16, 2015: Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture. Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

April 23, 2015: Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ

May 6, 2015: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

May 20, 2015: Saffron Lecturer, Medical History Society of New Jersey, Princeton, NJ

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