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Welcome to the Veterans Day edition of Grand Rounds. Elvis and I are delighted that you dropped by. The King is very excited today because we are saluting celebrities that have served in the Armed Forces. Elvis said that his days in the army were memorable. I imagine having Life Magazine take your picture while you’re sitting in your underwear would be a memorable experience. My co-host and I want to thank everyone for their submissions, and we especially want to thank Dr. Nick Genes for allowing us to hold Grand Rounds at Nurse Ratched’s Place.

Elvis told me that the doctor gave him a lot of shots right after that underwear picture was taken. The King knows that vaccinations are important and he wants everyone to get their shots. Dr. Val from Better Health sent in this submission explaining the top ten reasons why you should get your shots. Elvis also reminded me of his show business nickname, “Elvis the Pelvis” Remember his gyrating hips? So you can imagine Elvis’ reaction when he read this post about cutting into a pelvis written by Nicholas Fogelson, MD from Academic OB/GYN. Elvis read it and got all shook up!

Before there was Dr. Heathcliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable, there was Navy Sailor William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr. Bill Cosby played basketball for the Navy and was a corpsman at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, during the Korean War. He was also sent briefly on board ship, from Newfoundland to Guantanamo Bay, then assigned to Philadelphia Naval Hospital. I’m sure that Bill saw a lot, good and bad, while he was a corpsman in the Navy. Roberta Gately, nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and author of the new book, Lipstick in Afghanistan has also seen a lot. She volunteers her time, caring for people in third world countries. Roberta is proud to be a nurse , and I am proud that she is a member of our profession.

Bill was also quite the athlete, and so is Traci Hamilton from Because I said so. Traci, an Intelligence Officer in the Army Reserve, is raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Read her post about getting her “ducks in a row” when she was sick.


This veteran is known for his 1969 rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Meet PFC Jimi Hendrix. He enlisted on May 31, 1961, and after completing boot camp, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jimi enlisted so he wouldn’t go to jail for stealing a car. It’s a good thing that Jimi had his music to fall back on because according to Wikipedia, Jimi wasn’t much of a solider. He didn’t like the army, and the army didn’t like him, so he was kicked out of the military after one year of service. Hendrix later said that he received a medical discharge from the army. Personally, I think that Jimi made sweet music during his lifetime. HMOs, however, remind me of really bad songs. You know, they have terrible lyrics and they are full of sour notes. Jay Norris from Colorado Health Insurance Insider writes about narrow health insurance networks. He can’t see how they benefit patients.



Drew Carey, the star of The Drew Carey Show and the current host of the Price is Right, served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 – 1986. According to Military. com, Carey adopted his trademark crew cut and horn-rimmed glasses during his time of service. Mr. Carey still supports the troops, and does overseas touring with the USO. Thank you for supporting the troops, Drew. You rock! Drew is also a big supporter of a healthy lifestyle. Drew lost a lot of weight recently and he credits his healthy life style with helping him win his war against the bulge. Dr Rich from the Covert Rationing Blog thinks that there is another kind of war going in our country involving the obese. Read his thought provoking post, Major Victories In the War Against The Obese. There is one other thing that you might not know about Drew. He’s been treated for depression. A lot of famous people have mental health issues. Dr. Charles from The Examining Room of Dr. Charles sent in this post about Rep. John Boehner, the presumptive new Speaker of the House. Is Rep. Boehner suffering depression, and if so, are depressive leaders fit for duty?


This is a picture of my favorite comedian. Say hello to the “Hippy Dippy Weatherman”, George Carlin. This picture was taken in his pre-hippy-dippy days. George quit high school to join the US Air Force in 1956. His AFSC was in the field of avionics. George looked great in his uniform, but he wasn’t so great as an airman. He was disrespectful to authority figures (imagine that) and was discharged for poor conduct after three years of service. Uncle Sam can’t take a joke. He has issues with irreverent military personnel. We all know that George was a very outspoken guy, especially when it came to government policies. It makes me wonder what he’d be saying about health care reform and the mid term elections. David E. Williams from the Health Business Blog sent in this post about the subject. Read his interview with Dan Mendelson, President and CEO of Avalere Health. David Harlow from HealthBlawg sent in his post, commenting on health care reform and the “truthiness” of this year’s election season. And of course we all know that George had a keen sense of humor. The Happy Hospitalist also has a funny bone and sent in this post suggesting that physicians develop the art of telling a joke because it’s good for business.


Well, hello handsome. Meet Aviation Radioman 3rd Class, Paul Newman. Too bad this is a black and white picture. I’m sure that his navy blue uniform accented his sexy, blue eyes. Paul enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 22, 1943 — four days before his 18th birthday — with the hopes of becoming an officer and an aviator flying off carriers. Unfortunately, Paul was colorblind, so he trained as an aviation radioman and reported to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 8, 1944. During his military career, Paul was awarded the Navy Combat Action Ribbon and his Combat Aircrew Wings. Paul had many talents. He was an award winning actor who, later on, cofounded an organic food company, Newman’s Own. Newman believed in living a healthy lifestyle and so does Bob Vineyard from Insureblog. Bob wrote an open letter to Congress, making the case that life-style choices can have a major effect on the cost of both health care and health insurance. I’m sure that Paul would approve. And speaking of the cost of things, Jacqueline from MedLibLob Laika’s sent in this post about the hidden cost of the Pink Ribbon campaign. Do you think that companies use breast cancer as a marketing ploy? Tell me what you think after you read her post.


Does this “doctor” look familiar? This is Alan Alda, the actor who is best known to his fans as Dr Hawkeye Pierce from the hit TV series, M*A*S*H. Did you know that Alan served a six-month tour of duty as a gunnery officer in Korea? Alan’s character cared for critically wounded soldiers, many of whom would have developed PTSD. A psychiatrist from How to Cope With Pain sent in this timely blog post about pain control and PTSD. I highly recommend that you read this post.


Here’s Marine Corps Aviator, Ed McMahon. The most famous second banana of late night television was no second banana in the Marine Corps. Ed enlisted with the goal of becoming a Marine fighter pilot. He served in the Marines Corps during WWII, earning his wings in 1945. Later on, he also served during the Korean War. McMahon remained active in the Marine Reserves while he was working on the Tonight Show and retired as a full colonel in 1966. Many people don’t know this, but Ed suffered from bouts of depression throughout his life. Dr. Deb Serani from Dr. Deb Psychological Perspectives sent in this post highlighting Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Ed also had many serious health issues near the end of his life, and all through it, his wife stood by his side. Barbara Kivowitz from In Sickness and Health: A Place for Couples Dealing with Illness sent in this timely post. Barbara has a lot of friends getting sick and she writes about it in her post.


Please say hello to the 2000 year old man, PFC. Melvin Kaminsky, AKA Mel Brooks. Mel enlisted when he was seventeen years old and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Mel served as a combat engineer for the United States Army, where his official duties involved defusing landmines and working with explosives. His unofficial tasks, however, included entertaining his platoon with irreverent imitations of the German propaganda playing over the radio. Mel didn’t like war. He said, “War isn’t hell. War is loud. Much too noisy. All those shells and bombs going off all around you. Never mind death. A man could lose his hearing.” Mel proves that it’s always helpful to have a good sense of humor. ACP Hospitalist agrees. Grady Hospital is “going live” on their new electronic medical record (EMR) in less than one week. Read the good news and the bad news about their project.


Scotty, please beam up U.S. Army Air Corpsman, Gene Roddenberry. Gene was an aeronautical engineer and served as a fighter pilot during World War II. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions and was awarded the prestigious “Flying Cross” and “Air Medal.” He ultimately retired from the military to go work on a some crazy television script that involved space captains and inter-galactic ships that he dreamt up while working on military aircrafts. Science fiction is a funny thing. With time, fiction can turn into facts. Remember when everyone said that you could never cure the common cold? ACP Internist sent in this post, Curing the common cold no longer unthinkable. Jamie Rauscher from Bedside Manner sent in this post about what caregivers can do about the pervasive problem of low health literacy. I wonder how Dr. McCoy would handle this issue with his alien space patients. I’m sure that Dr. McCoy appreciates the headway that scientists are making into the “final frontier” of medical research. Walter Jessen from Highlight Health sent in this post about new research in Celiac Disease.

That’s it for this edition of Grand Rounds. Elvis and I had a great time reading your posts. You can follow Grand Rounds on Facebook and on Twitter. Nick Genes wanted me to pass along that he is still looking for a Grand Rounds host for next week. There are also some dates open at the end of the year. Contact him on facebook or twitter if you want to serve as host.

UPDATE: Grand Rounds will be at Emergiblog next week. See Kim’s beautiful poster for details……