Issue: FALL 2018 Vol. 13 - Issue 3
 
 
From the Editor's Desk
Where Is the Source of Moral Authority? It Lies Within Each of Us
– Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D., FACS, FACC
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Top Tips from Family Practice
Choosing Wisely XXIII: Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Endocrinology, American Society of Clinical Pathology, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
– Alan S. Peterson, M.D.
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Scientific Reports 
Back to the Future, or Folly Redux? Using Bacterial Viruses to Combat Drug-Resistant Bacteria
– Joseph M. Kontra, M.D.
Increasing antibiotic resistance has reawakened interest in bacteriophages, viruses that kill specific bacteria. This article provides a comprehensive primer on the biology of phages, and their potential for use in humans.
 
   
PFO Closure for Cryptogenic Stroke
– Rahul Jhaveri, M.D.
The presence of a patent foramen ovale in a patient who has sustained an apparent stroke has always posed a therapeutic dilemma, since open heart surgery seems overly invasive for such a small defect. Fortunately, catheter-mounted devices have been developed that enable closure of many PFOs without surgery. This article reviews the indications, methods, and results of interventional therapy for PFO.
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100 Years Later: The World War I Army Field Diary of Lancaster Ophthalmologist Dr. Harry Culbertson Fulton
– Peter C. Wever, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. H.C. Fulton (1885-1989) was Lancaster's first full-time board-certified ophthalmologist, beginning in 1930. When he retired in 1974 at the age of 88, few knew of his WWI experience as a surgeon in France. This retelling of his war-time experiences is based on the diary he kept during his military service.
 
   
 
General Edward Hand: An Extraordinary Lancaster Patriot, Military Officer, Physician, and Surgeon
– Nikitas J. Zervanos, M.D.

The name of Edward Hand is familiar to most Lancastrians, but his full story is not. This is a carefully researched and fascinating recounting of the life of this accomplished surgeon, who was much more than just a general in the Revolutionary War. The article emphasizes the medical aspects of his story, and his life in Lancaster after the war.