Dr. Tom's Journal

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At 6:00 A.M. three days after high school graduation, I ride my bike to the corner of Field Street and Maple. Jeb, the one-armed man who runs the cement mixer, … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · 4 Comments


A lot of seniors are counting on Medicare to help with medical expenses in their old age. But there are rumors that the money will run out. I have thought … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 1 Comment


I have cared for thousands of children and have diagnosed some of them within seconds. I relied on the story of the illness more often than on lab tests or … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 6 Comments


It is 1964 and I am in the last year of my pediatric residency at the New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. Johanna is a doctoral student at Columbia University in … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 3 Comments


Forty years ago I enroll in a course in psychic healing. Everyone has heard of people with mystical powers. Some read minds, some read palms and others predict the future. … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

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