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Jerry Sloan; one of my first famous athlete patients

5/22/2020: I saw in the press that Jerry Sloan, famous basketball player passed away. www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/hall-of-fame-nba-coach-jerry-sloan-dies-at-78-he-led-utah-jazz-for-23-seasons/ar-BB14sWMI He was one of my first famous athlete patients to undergo arthroscopy in the mid 70’s. I remember it well as I was lecturing at a meeting in Chicago suburb and his agent arranged for me to come down town and perform a diagnostic arthroscopy under local anesthesia. I did not tell anyone where I went and as my custom I created no publicity. I forgot about it until today.

Malaria Drug? Yes or No?

5/22/2020: Malaria drug; yes or no? The results are based upon patient selection, the common denominator of medical treatment. That is why reports and opinion are widely diverse on the use of hydroxychloroquine; yes or no. The latest today in very respected journal: Lancet. www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31180-6/fulltext The conclusion was no benefit and in fact worse results than not using it. The subjects (research word for patients) were all sick enough to have been placed in the hospital. They were not patients who showed early symptoms of coronavirus infection. Those so sick they are hospitalized: NO! Those treated early in the disease get a YES when this is the patient selection criteria. Allow me to give you an analogy. Aspirin has been reported as beneficial as a preventative for heart disease. Aspirin is not the primary treatment for a patient hospitalized in heart failure.

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Amazing Data Analysis

4/29/30: Recent government studies have now confirmed that older people are more likely to die. If you are looking for reason concerning the coronavirus, you will be surprised at this Politico report. thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/494034-the-data-are-in-stop-the-panic-and-end-the-total-isolation

Mother Earth or Father God?

4/29/2020: I saw today that Michael Moore invoked the name of mother earth as controlling or affecting events in this world. If one is to accept mother earth, would it not be logical to at least grant a similar position of authority to Father God?

Data Driven?

4/23/2020: “Everything is data driven.” However we have no data on the future. What we have from health care modeling has not been very accurate. So much for data! 🙂

Borrowing your way out of debt?

4/14/2020: It appears that the prevailing government principle that it is possible to borrow oneself out of debt. Will they be suspending the law of gravity? Yesterday, today and again tomorrow the government, business and individuals have increasing debt. More debt tomorrow than today and on and on. How does that work? www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Record-government-and-corporate-debt-risks-15210446.php The government can print the money. They can tax or allow for inflation. Most likely there will be inflation for business and individuals and increased taxation. Will we need wheelbarrows instead of wallets as in Germany years ago to go shopping? A forgotten ancient proverb says “Owe no one anything but to love them!”