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Re: “Ruth Coker Burks, the cemetery angel

I am a physician who graduated from UAMS in 1982. I am sobbing now. I recall this new disease that we didn't have name for other than "gay people get some weird fucking shit". Then we called it GRID. We finally found a virus we called HIV and finally a consensus and we called it AIDS.We expected a vaccine any day once we identified the virus. it never came. I got the NY times and every Sunday the pages of obituaries of young men and we knew what it was.Even in LR, 2-3 young men EVERY DAY. Everyone who got the disease died. Everyone. I try to make my young gay friends, young colleagues in medicine understand how sad it was. How helpless we felt in medicine. How frustrated we were that there were people, MDs, afraid to take care of these people, these lovely young men. Then heterosexuals, drug abusers people said. Then Elizabeth Glazer and her young daughter were diagnosed and came forward. Things began to change. But still so many beautiful young people were gone.

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Posted by Janet Riley Cathey on 01/08/2015 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Gun raffle to help Arkansas Baptist High students facing tragedy

I'm speechless! I'm without speech.

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Posted by Janet Riley Cathey on 11/11/2014 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Residencies insufficient for current medical school graduates

The thought is more doctors will end the shortage in underserved areas, it hasn't and it won't. You cannot make physicians go to the Delta. It is madness that the legislature chose to increase Medical School class size and we are now talking about Osteopath schools at a time when Medical applications are down. It used to be the brightest, most motivated students went into Medicine, not any more. I am a private practice MD of 27 years. What I do is hard. I used to under estimate it and play it down, but you have to be smart to do what I do. I have sacrificed MUCH, VERY MUCH. I am glad my children are not going into Medicine but also sad, very sad as I truly love medicine. Truth is money does make a difference. Money is small compensation for what I have given up in my life. When I consider i could have majored in business and likely been a multi-millionaire. Or majored in PE. The ASSISTANT coaches at UofA make 3x more than i have ever made in a year. I didn't do it for the money, but the money made a difference. You are about to see a very different type of MD than what you have known.

Posted by Janet Riley Cathey on 04/13/2014 at 11:02 PM


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