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  • Egypt under the MilitaryReuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    While there is never a beginning in looking at a situation historically, the British conquest of Egypt in 1882 might be a good place to start. British control and influence continued, until the last British collaborator King Farouk was overthrown in 1952 by the Free Officers Movement, assisted by the CIA. Since that time, Egypt has had a succession of military heads-Naguib, Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak. The short-lived government of Mohamed Morsi is the exception. Now the military is back in the saddle.

  • Transgender TreatmentReuel S. Amdur
    May 23, 2019

    In Canada, one of 200 people is a redhead. The same proportion applies for people who are of physically indeterminate gender and, according to Dr. Leah Layman-Pleet, of people who are transgender. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) gives an incidence far lower, less than .2% for persons born as male and less than .1% for females. It has been the common practice for physicians who deliver a baby of indeterminate sex, with mixed genital expression, to operate to transform the baby into a male or female, according to what appears to be the predominate characteristics. Now, many physicians avoid performing such surgery and allow the person to grow up with these anomalies intact.

  • Alternatives to Post Office cutReuel S. Amdur
    January 29, 2014

    Be careful what you wish for. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) urged Canada to turn the Post Office into a crown corporation, at arm's length from the government. Well, a crown corporation is what they and all of us got, beginning in 1981. Big mistake.

  • Harper takes the Circus to IsraelReuel S. Amdur
    January 29, 2014

    The first thing to note about Stephen Harper's trip to Israel is the make-up of the entourage: who was included and who not. And, incidentally, who is paying?

  • The Affordable Housing CrunchReuel S. Amdur
    February 18, 2014

    On February 3, Carleton University held a public forum on the issue of affordable housing, featuring Carleton University professors Ian Lee and Benjamin Gianni, as well as Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto's Chief Planner, and Brock Carlton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

  • Shift workReuel S. Amdur
    March 6, 2014

    Anton Aanonsen was a company doctor at an oil enterprise in a small community on the coast of Norway. In his practice he began to see a trend among workers that captured his interest. The number of workers on the night shift who had health problems was relatively high. His examination of the issue led to his 1964 ground-breaking book Shift Work and Health.

  • Sleep and its difficultiesReuel S. Amdur
    March 6, 2014

    It is not completely clear as to why we need sleep, but its necessity is. It is something we share with pretty well all of the other members of the animal kingdom. Sleep appears to give the body and brain the opportunity to repair, lessen stress and anxiety, and aid in memory and learning.

  • A strange debateReuel S. Amdur
    March 21, 2014

    "Israel and Palestine, a Path to Peace." That was the topic for discussion at the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council on March 6. There were three presenters, Michael Bell, a former ambassador to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and Thomas Woodley, President of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). It was a strange discussion.

  • Living with Chronic IllnessReuel S. Amdur
    March 21, 2014

    Most of us, especially if we live to old age, will find ourselves suffering from one or more chronic conditions. In most of these, it is up to us to decide how we cope. Not deciding is also a decision, but one that makes us an object, not a subject, not a participant in our own care.

  • The Health Centre Model of CareReuel S. Amdur
    April 27, 2014

    The old fashioned model of medical care, still widely practiced, consists of a single family physician practicing solo. The pattern is now shifting to other arrangements, such as a group of physicians working jointly, with varying degrees of integration and sharing of staff and resources. In 1970, Quebec's Castonguay-Nepveu Commission called for a province-wide rollout of centres locaux des services communautaires-local centres of community services. These centres were to be part of a web of health and social services, they being the front line, providers of primary care. In addition to physicians, the centres wee to employ nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other health professionals, and the focus was to be one of social medicine. It was an effort to move away from a medical model of care to a more holistic approach.

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