Quotes of the Month

Summer 2006

     No. I have not gone away. I know I have been lax in my WEB LETTER responsibilities but I have many excuses. For the past year, I have been enrolled in an Art Docent's class at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It's something that I have always wanted to do. I know I'm a frustrated artist, but maybe I'm also a frustrated art historian. They have the classes every two years and I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

     During this hiatus from the Preventive Medicine Web Letter, I have been thinking about its future. I am aware of the increasing amount of health care information that is being presented to the American Public by newspapers and magazines. It seems that the newspapers and TV news channels get the new medical literature before it arrives in the Doctor's office. For my approach to be valid, I must constantly review the latest literature so I can abstract and paraphrase appropriate articles for the Web Letter. The further I get into retirement the harder this is to accomplish. With this rationalization in mind, I have decided to change the format of the Web Letter. I will still periodically "climb on my soap box" and comment on current medical issues, but for the most part, I will use the Web Letter to showcase my current art and offer my self published literature for sale.

     I will quote prices in the letter and use my e-mail contact as a sale request. Upon receipt of a check or money order for the item desired, I will then mail it to the buyer's address.

     Here are some of my current endeavors that are for sale.

     "One of American Surgery's Best Kept Secrets"
          The story of Pres. Grover Cleveland's operation on a yacht.

     "My Kingdom For a Catheter"
          Sen. Huey Long's assassination

     Their Last Hours
          The story of seven Civil War General's deaths and whether they could have been
          saved with current technology.

     Advances in American Medicine as a Result of the Civil War
          Although devastating, the War did cause improvement in American Medicine
          in the 19th century.

     Autumn Craze
     Autumn Foliage
     Enjoy Life
     Eternal City
     Life Eternal
     Irish Poetry
     Ode to a Tulip
     Russian Poetry
     The Feeling
     The Panther City
     The Rite of Spring
     The River

No Artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.
     - Martha Graham US Dancer and Choreographer

In a free society art is not a weapon…Artists are not engineers of the soul.
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-63)

But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: "It's clever, but is it art?"
     - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Take care until next time,
Richard J. Turner, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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     Summer 2005 - Lung Cancer
     Spring 2005 - Preventive Medicine
     Winter 2005 - Medical Pearls
     Fall 2004 - Women's Health
     Summer Trip to Russia
     Miscellaneous Medical One Liners
     Trip to Ireland
     Texas Surgical Society Meeting Notes
     The Malpractice Crisis
     Treatment and Prevention of Malignant Disease
     West Nile/Cancers/Discontent with American Healthcare/Prescriptions
     History of Preventive Medicine