Issue: SUMMER 2017 Vol. 12 - Issue 2
     

From the Editor's Desk
The Premedical Curriculum, Artificial Intelligence, and How the Mind Works
– Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D., FACS, FACC
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Top Tips from Family Practice
Choosing Wisely XX: Recommendations from American Academy of Physical Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology
– Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
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Scientific Reports 
Fetal Echocardiography
– Marie M. Gleason, M.D.
This comprehensive article discusses the uses and benefits of fetal echocardiography, which allows prenatal diagnosis of cardiac abnormalities.  Such information allows advance counseling of parents about options, scheduling of births where appropriate care is available, and planning for prompt evaluation and treatment of abnormalities. 
 
   
Black Cloud or White Cloud? A Study of How Residents Perceive Their Workloads
– Adam C. Lake, M.D., Nicholas A. Buckwalter, M.D., and Michael Horst, PhD
Superstitious beliefs are common among the American public, and their influence on behavior has been studied extensively. This detailed study assessed whether the performance of residents in our family practice training program was affected by their perception of being lucky or unlucky.
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Axillary Central Venous Cannulation for Cardiac Surgery
– James J. Lamberg, D.O.
Placement of a secure central venous line is essential to proper care in a variety of medical and surgical situations, but it can be a challenge. This article describes a highly reliable approach that uses ultrasound guidance. It also introduces a first for JLGH – a link from the Journal’s online edition of this article to a video of the procedure.
 
   
 
Perspectives
Population Control and Health Care in the Developing World
Thomas J. Gates, M.D., FAAFP
In our last issue, Dr. Gates offered a unique perspective on global health based on his experiences in Malawi with Partners in Health. In this issue he discusses population control, and its essential role in any discussion of health care and economic development.
 
   
 
Perspectives
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– William W. Bakken, M.D.
Dr. Bakken is a long-standing family physician in Lancaster who has held many staff leadership positions. Here he offers a uniquely personal and insightful perspective on the importance of focusing on the individual patient in this era of population medicine.