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About blindcaduceus

Dr. Parish is a full-time physician in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine in Naples Florida. He is a Kentucky native and alumnus of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. His twenty-nine years of experience has varied from non-profit and for-profit medical groups in addition to private practice. His upcoming novel, The Blind Caduceus, addresses the coming-of-age of a young physician faced with the challenges of practicing medicine in the world’s most expensive healthcare system fueled by desire for greater profits. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Thoreau Society, and life member of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.

My Mother: The Seen and Unseen

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” – Honore de Balzac      We tend to think about our parent’s life centered around our own. I’m … Continue reading

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Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley

For those interested in a bit of medical history, especially military medical history, check out my recent article published in Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities. The story of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital spans more than 100 years, several wars, and … Continue reading

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White Coat Notes: End of Life Issues

Here is the link to my recent newspaper article.

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The Field Guide — the start of a book-buying life

The recent edition from the Florida Writers Association includes my short story titled, The Field Guide. My book buying obsession started at age 15 and hasn’t stopped although now a combination of digital and print editions. Purchase information is listed below. … Continue reading

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The Economy of American Healthcare

If you have a few minutes and would like to see an overview of the economics of healthcare in America, then watch the linked short movie. It is produced by We the Economy and it is a light-hearted but accurate take … Continue reading

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Literary Influences: Walden or, Life in the Woods

Independence Day, July 4th, 1845:  Henry David Thoreau (HDT) moves to his cabin on Walden Pond. Occasionally, Independence Day passes without my remembrance of Thoreau’s great experiment, but most of the time in early July I recall the event. The Christian … Continue reading

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Father’s Day: My Good Fortune

Father’s Day is here and time to offer a retrospective on my dad. The photo below shows my parents on their 1959 wedding day in Manitou, Kentucky. This was three years before I came into existence. The man in the picture was … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Tools: Blackboard and Chalk

I enjoy unexpected topics on random subjects that bring back memories or open a new horizon. Such was my experience last week as I read the weekly edition of The Chronicle Review (May 23, 2014) in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The … Continue reading

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W. Eugene Smith’s Landmark Photo Essay, ‘Country Doctor’

World Family Doctors Day: Celebrating the family doctor around the world. It is well worth the time to revisit photojournalist W. Eugene Smith’s ‘Country Doctor’ photo essay from LIFE in 1948. The thirty-eight photos document the challenges faced by Dr. … Continue reading

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Key West: The Ferry and Seasickness

  The early morning hours of May 8th were beautiful as we drove up Estero Boulevard along the Gulf coast toward Ft. Myers. The sun was rising and we were excited about our trip to Key West via the Key … Continue reading

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