Recently my doctor referred me to the VA laboratory for some tests, including a blood sample. I can function, but go into stage one shock at the sight of blood. [ … ]
If I was more organized about my writing, you wouldn’t have this potpourri of topics bunched up into one post. But, you got me opened up now, so here goes. [ … ]
Pharmaceutical samples were only one of the many things collected by Doctor Joe. In all honesty, my father was a “Pack-Rat.” I think his penchant for collecting came from his [ … ]
You would expect a doctor to be particular about cleanliness. Not that Doctor Joe had a Howard Hughes type phobia about germs, but he did go to some extraordinary lengths [ … ]
While today’s doctors work hard, they don’t usually make themselves available around the clock. Doctor Joe made himself available in his medical office, in local hospitals as well as [ … ]
Unlike today’s newly graduated physicians, Doctor Joe had no outstanding student loans. No HMO recruited him –they didn’t exist. He didn’t seek to join a practice already in operation or try to buy a practice from a retiring doctor. He really had no personal or business contacts in San Francisco to help him in that way. So, upon graduating from UC San Francisco Medical School he opened his own office with no patients and little fanfare. The cost to set up his office was below $2,500 –including malpractice insurance!