Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dr. Nasri Ghaly, Psychiatrist (Part 3)


In the 1990’s, Dr. Ghaly’s day would start before seven o’clock with a mug of tea in his hand as he headed for the car, more or less followed by his children.  There were three:  his first- and second-born sons, Fadi … Continue reading

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Dr. Nasri Ghaly, Psychiatrist (Part 2)


I don’t know when I met Dr. Ghaly.  Those years were peculiarly distorted by drugs, and I can’t remember.  Dr. Ghaly does not know because around 2004 his office was flooded and all my old records were destroyed.  It is rather pleasing … Continue reading

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Dr. Nasri Ghaly, Psychiatrist (Part I)


When I am sitting with a medical specialist, trying to explain the peculiar oddities of my health problems, sooner or later it becomes appropriate to say, “Well, Dr. Ghaly says—.”  If the specialist knows Dr. Ghaly then he reacts as if all the … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions 2


Can a sixty-three-year-old divorced male on Social Security receive Food Stamps? Food Stamps have nothing to do with age, marital status or sex.  They are awarded based on poverty so, yes, your Social Security payments may be so low that you qualify … Continue reading

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Life, the Universe, and Our Preoccupation with Medicine


This morning’s news has a story that begins “DNA taken from a pinkie bone at least 30,000 years old . . .” so let’s think about 30,000 years. This is the year 2010.  Our time more-or-less began with the birth … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions


Family physician prescribe lithium Medicaid ANYONE TAKING LITHIUM SHOULD HAVE LITHIUM LEVELS DONE EVERY TWO MONTHS; KIDNEY FUNCTION SHOULD BE CHECKED EVERY SIX MONTHS, AND AN EKG SHOULD BE DONE ONCE A YEAR.         Family physicians should not be prescribing lithium.  … Continue reading

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A House for Christmas


Dear Shiu, I am often mindful of the day at Plymouth Church when you asked congregants to stand if they (a) had a college education, (b) owned their own home, (c) were paid a salary instead of hourly wages, and (d) lived … Continue reading

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