It’s All About the Patient, Stupid!

Not long ago, my wife called my attention to a “Dear Abby” column that appeared in our local newspaper. The letter-writer complained that his dentist talked politics while working in his mouth, which both upset him, and raised his blood pressure! He questioned Abby how he could get his dentist to stop! Seriously? Having provided clinical care for some thirty-eight years, I must admit that my...
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“Goose-Bump” Memories . . .

Sometimes we’re blessed with such an extraordinary experience, we just can’t believe how fortunate we are, nor can we stop smiling! I call them, “Million Dollar Days,” because there’s no amount of money I’d take in place of the sheer joy I feel in my heart at those special moments and rare occasions! My son-in-law calls them “goose-bump” memories. Each February I’m privileged to spend ten days...
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Beginnings. . .

Late spring, 1973, I asked a classmate for help preparing for our final in Physical Biology at Georgia Tech. She agreed, on the condition that I take her out for a “vertical” banana split at Zesto’s. As I drove to her dorm to pick her up, the radio was playing “Beginnings” by the Chicago Transit Authority. Little did I realize that our study date would lead to...
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On Knowing When it’s Time. . .

A favorite operative professor of mine from Emory University’s School of Dentistry, Dr. George Pryles, advised me on graduation day not to practice so long that I had to start replacing the restorations I’d provided my patients through the years! Since 90% of my crown and bridge cases were cast gold and the majority of my posterior fillings were restored with amalgam, I’ve replaced very few of...
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Red, White, and. . . One!

During the first week of July, our nation will celebrate the 239th anniversary of its founding! Two days before that historic date, however, my wife and I will celebrate the first birthday of our newest grand-daughter! Woo Hoo! It’s a bit ironic that she was born on the 2nd of July, as our son-in-law is English! I remember meeting him for the very first time at a 4th of July picnic. As we...
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