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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-eight 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.

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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Hey, doc! When are you going concierge?

I’ve been asked this question many times in my twenty-three years of practicing medicine, although mostly in the last five years. Concierge medicine, in a nutshell, is when a doctor asks for an annual pre-paid fee to give his/her enrollees more … Continue reading

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Live Oak and Moss

At the end of a busy day at the office the drive home is often routine. It’s easy to focus on the traffic and news on the radio. Sometimes a diversion will literally fly across the road in front of the car in the form … Continue reading

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YJHM: Samuel K. Parish, “All Saints House”

YJHM: Samuel K. Parish, “All Saints House”. This essay was published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. It is one chapter from my novel pending publication, The Blind Caduceus.

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Reading — Keep Calm and Carry On

The photos of people reading in London after WWII bombing blitz. Making the best of a bad situation. I wonder what books they are reading?

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