Survival in the Rural Community

Survival in the Rural Community

South Carolina is a rural state and many of the residents live in rural communities. It is well documented that they have health disparities that surpass those who live in the city. Lack of access to care and preventative health care services are also contributing...
Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

It is no longer appropriate for patients to call the answering service to request the physician to call in a prescription without the physician having seen the patient. Patients will often do this and get upset if the physician does not comply with his or her wishes....
Facing the End of Life

Facing the End of Life

A reality not discussed by physicians and pastors is how to help people facing and dealing with end of life issues. You may not be aware, but physicians and pastors are not trained to talk with patients as they face death. I gained some insight into this issue as I...
Come On Man, You Still Smoking

Come On Man, You Still Smoking

Several days ago, I discovered one of my patients has continued to smoke in spite of information from me regarding the pitfalls. He came to the office after smoking several cigarettes which caused an elevated blood pressure and required a return visit the next day....

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