Pressure Ulcers are an Under-Appreciated Public Health Issue

As a geriatric fellow back in the 1980’s I became intrigued by the wide prevalence of pressure ulcers and how little literature there was on this disease.  Three decades later, they have not gone away and it amazes me that they are not on the list of recognized...

Recognizing the Incurable in Ancient Egypt

The art of medicine is as old as human civilization, and what we think is new has often been done before. When researching the history of wound care I came across an interesting historical antecedent to today’s palliative care practices. I found it in the library of...

Infections Related to Pressure Ulcers are Always Serious

Infections related to pressure ulcers are always serious events because most patients with these wounds are already compromised, and open wounds provide a portal for pathogenic bacteria to enter the body. Reasons for compromise include immobility, neurologic...

The Geriatric Workforce and Quality of Care

What could be less intuitive than a shrinking medical specialty in the face of surging demand? A recent New York Times article discussed the growing shortage of geriatricians in America. Despite the fact that there are more older Americans than any time in history,...

Wound Odor: Ancient Greece and The Story of Philoctetes

This post gives a preview of what I will be covering in my upcoming webinar entitled History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care: Past, Present, & Future, sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.  The fascinating history of wound care dates back to...

Insights into Geriatrics from Cartoonist Roz Chast

<img class="size-full wp-image-12286 alignleft" src="" ” alt=”Chast-book_detail” width=”630″ height=”455″ />I’ve never posted a book review but will make an exception for this amazing new...