Opening the Medical Mind, Part 5

The coronary bypass operation stands as a monument to an almost total lack of understanding of causes, prevention, and effective management of [heart] disease. Charles T. McGee, MD

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Opening the Medical Mind, Part 4

You will die with exactly the same heart muscle cells you came out of the womb with. Consulting cardiologist, speaking to Your Humble Blogger

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Opening the Medical Mind, Part 3

Do-it-yourself cardiac bypass surgery: All you need is walking shoes. Harvard Medical School

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Opening the Medical Mind, Part 2

Having a heart attack was like having an elephant jump on my chest and sit there for six hours, then wander off into the night as though nothing had happened. Having sextuple CABG surgery was like being in a really bad car crash.

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Opening the Medical Mind

Health care’s political economy exists only for the disease. To the system, the person with the disease remains in obscurity. Justin Mutter, Center for Biomedical Ethics, UVA

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Abbott Sekaquaptewa, Part 5

What Robert Redford did – how does he think this stuff up? – was to invite the CEOs of Peabody and the four utility companies, along with the two tribal chairmen (Peter McDonald from the Navajo and Abbott Sekaquaptewa from the Hopi) to come to Sundance for a “pow-wow.”

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Abbott Sekaquaptewa, Part 4

Abbott Sekaquaptewa and I were sitting precariously on the edge of a mesa, the dark desert spread out below us, the night sky overcast and black.

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Abbott Sekaquaptewa, Part 3

The Hopi tribe is governed by an American-style system of representative democracy more or less imposed on them by the Bureau of Indian Affairs back in 1936.

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Abbott Sekaquaptewa, Part 2

My new friend, Abbott Sekaquaptewa, had walked me through the history of the Hopi tribe, beginning with their birth as children of the Earth Mother up to about AD 500, when the Hopi had hired a fierce Apache tribe to protect them.

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Abbott Sekaquaptewa

One day, innocently sitting at my desk and annoying no one, I opened a long letter from a guy named Abbott Sekaquaptewa, who seemed to be the Chairman of the Hopi Indian Tribe (as they were known in those days).

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