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About Dr. Jim

I attended medical school at Tulane, did an internship in Philadelphia, served in the Navy assigned to the Marines, completed surgical fellowships at Mayo and Ochsner Clinics, residency at Tulane, and earned a PhD in cell biology. I was hired by Dr DeBakey in 1983 at Baylor College of Medicine during the golden age of cardiovascular surgery. I was swept along by history and did some sweeping myself. I have been to the puppet show and have creativity that has produced three medical books and hundreds of scientific and ethical publications. I am working on three non-fiction books: an apologia, a memoir, and a better health book.

You may consider this topic to be a little far-fetched as related to health subjects but isn’t ones’ emotional health besmirched when a new ding is found on your car? It is very preventable. At the risk of seeming fastidious, the following are common sense measures to dodging damage - especially during the holiday shopping season.

Success in Remaining Parking Lot Dingless



I was asked by a friend to explain how an acquaintance had died suddenly from a blood clot. This is overwhelmingly due to blood clots in veins below the waist forming a clot which breaks loose and lodges in the lungs. The name is venous thromboembolism (venous thrombo=clotting, embolism=traveling). It is an important and deadly condition. The number of people having clots form in their legs is estimated at 900,000 per year and the pulmonary embolism results in estimates of up to 100,000 deaths yearly. The causes were described by one of the most famous physicians of the 19th century; he was Rudolph Virchow (1821 to 1902), a German pathologist. He described the three predisposing factors: Slowed circulation, increased clotting...

Blood Clots – Don’t Avoid the Symptoms