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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.

Possible Epidemic?

There currently is substantial contradictory info about the Coronavirus outbreak starting in China. Should we be worried and how best to prepare for the eventuality of an epidemic here? First, we have yearly outbreaks termed flu season which for the past decade has resulted in an average of 34,000 deaths a year in the US. WOW! This is an estimate by CDC because death certificates often are vague as to cause of death and the flu frequently results in pneumonia which may be listed and is not specific for flu.

Infectious disease experts opine that the coronavirus outbreak may…READ MORE


Suggestions about managing the cost of medicines

Pharmaceutical companies have been brilliant in the last century in giving doctors great tools to treat age-related diseases. The average lifespan in a century has gained 28 years (52 years to 78 years), primarily from advances in medications. The advances are not cheap; every decade the cost has doubled. $$$  Patent protection provides the economic impetus to invest huge amounts of money in research which fuels… READ MORE


Not Joshing, Get Serious About Handwashing

Frequently, especially during flu season, people think about handwashing. Actually it is a good idea to inaugurate a habit of handwashing year-round. After all, what is on our hands can wind up in your mouth which is a portal for gunk getting inside our bodies. OH NO! Consider that human poop the size of a raisin…READ MORE