A Christmas story – Part 1

General Health
My most popular books, at least based upon sales and letters, are the Bryson City series. The series includes: Bryson City Tales: Stories of a Doctor’s First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains (read a chapter here) Bryson City Seasons: More Tales of a Doctors Practice in the Smoky Mountains(read a chapter here) Bryson City Secrets: Even More Tales of a Small-Town Doctor in the Smoky Mountains (read a chapter here) In the second book in this series, Bryson City Seasons, I published an account of caring for my first patient with HIV/AIDS (even before that horrible disease was named). It was in December 1982 and occurred in Bryson City, North Carolina. This week I'll be excerpting the story for you and hope it will be a Christmas blessing for you and yours: ================================================…
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Books for those considering the mission field (or praying for missionaries)

International Health, Medical Missions
My dear friend, John McVay, who is the Chief of Staff at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency and also directs their Medical Missions Program wrote me to say: I am writing to ask if you would spread the word about the new missions books listed below. The first one I helped put together last spring after ten years of gathering answers.  Perspectives co-editor Steve Hawthorne wrote: "The Ask a Missionary book is like having a dozen missionary friends at your side, coaching you with kindness and clarity. Who knew wisdom could be so encouraging?" The second book, Where There Was No Church, is by an interagency team that includes an old friend of mine. And the third book, Operation World, was completely revised recently. I would add, please forwarding this…
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The ABCs of CPR Rearranged to “CAB”

Heart Health
Every shopping season we all hear a wrenching story or two of someone who dies of a heart attack at a mall with people standing around but NOT offering help. I think it's not only because so many have not had CPR training, and don't know what  to do, but that the definitely do NOT want to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on someone they do not know. Well, now even untrained observers can do CPR, except it's now called "CAB." Here are the details from MedScape: Chest compressions should be the first step in addressing cardiac arrest. Therefore, the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends that the A-B-Cs (Airway-Breathing-Compressions) of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be changed to C-A-B (Compressions-Airway-Breathing). So, if you see someone collapse and they are not breathing and do…
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