Who Was Michael Balint and Why Should We Care?: Introduction

For a brief biography see: Michael Balint – An outstanding medical life.1 Balint’s son, John, was a distinguished professor of gastroenterologist and medical ethicist at Albany Medical College. I attended a lecture by him, and it was there that I first heard about Michael Balint and became interested in his opus magnum, The Doctor, His Patient and the Illness.2 The Sawyer Library at Williams College has a copy and I checked it out periodically over two decades, but found it hard going. Finally, in 2016, I bought a second-hand copy and decided to wade through it. Early in the book Balint asks: “Why does it happen so often that in … Continue reading

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Granulomatous Rosacea

Granulomatous Rosacea H.S. 2018 Case Presentation Presented by David Elpern August 17, 2018 A 34-year-old sociologist presented for evaluation of forehead lesions, which have been present for about 2 years.  These began about a year after her daughter’s birth.  Before that, she was on oral contraceptives and was fine, but she has not been on any hormonal birth control since then.  She saw another dermatologist and was treated with topicals, a SilkPeel, Tretinoin.  She also took doxycycline for 2 – 4 weeks. Nothing helped.  She is anxious about her appearance. O/E: The examination shows a pleasant, outgoing woman.  She has a somewhat pebbly appearance to the forehead with many, mostly … Continue reading

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Hot Spots 2018 Faculty Emails

Claypoole, Lauren Claypoole.lauren@gmail.com Dann, Frank zitdoc@hotmail.com Elpern, David djelpern@gmail.com Esaki, Paul paulesaki@gmail.com Glamb, Roman rglamb@straub.net Goo-Frazier, Alana alanagoo@hawaii.edu Ing, Malcolm malcolmingmd@hotmail.com Johnson, Douglas dwj808@gmail.com Kamm, Lindsay lindsay.kamm@gmail.com Karewicz, Marianna marianna.karewicz@gmail.com Kumar, Bhushan kumarbhushan@hotmail.com Rademaker, Marius marius.rademaker@gmail.com Reese, Vail drvcr@earthlink.net Reizner, George greizner@dermatology.wisc.edu Schoenfeld, Michael mjschoenfeld@gmail.com Webster, Michael michaelrwebster@bigpond.com      

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What Matters To Me Questionnaire

To view the questionnaire we used, click What Matters To Me Questionnaire We are trying to create a tool to help patients communicate with their physicians and other care providers about what really matters to them in their relationships with the health care system. Although one may not always get everything wishes for, this is a chance to share your preferences and values with regards to the healthcare you receive. When answering the questions it may be helpful to think of times you felt that your medical care needs were not met. Please rate choices in the order of importance to you. All information is confidential. No one’s identity will … Continue reading

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Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma

Case Presentation Metastatic BCC 2018 Hot Spots in Dermatology Presenters: Marianna F. Karewicz, NP Roman W. Glamb, MD Straub Medical Center Abstract Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is deemed as one of the most frequent types of skin cancer. Typically, it is regarded as localized in nature and there is a tendency to view the condition as non-malignant because the tumor rarely metastasizes (Habif, 2016). However, what if the condition became aggressive? If left untreated, BCC has the capability to spread through direct extension, destroying normal tissue and large portions of the body; even penetrating the subcutaneous tissue to bone and/or the brain. This case presentation will explore the aggressive nature … Continue reading

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