The Cocktail For Long Lasting Local Anesthesia: Mitigating Chronic Post-Surgical Pain

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/3/14 | 589 reads | 0 comments
Swirling the opaque garnet wine around the edges of the Riedel glass allowed for the complex interaction of its fruit to escape from its mixture. After the wine hit the palate, I knew due to the structure, mouth feel and astringency that this was a superior blend of high grade, very stressed berries of different varieties. I would need more exploration to attempt forensic identification but so be it. Someone has to do some work. Read More.

Losing A True Artist In The World Of Anatomy

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
8/7/14 | 611 reads | 0 comments
I had virtually no initial understanding of what the artist was trying to say to me through his work. He was famous, internationally known and revered by many, but I had not had the opportunity to know him or his work. However, via some of my respected and trusted friends from Catalonia, I became quickly immersed into his world and became a profound appreciator just like the rest of them. Read More.

Finding The Right Foot For Aesthetic Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
7/10/14 | 571 reads | 0 comments
“Dong, dong, dong.” The bell tower clock had just finished ringing in the new midnight. The prince quickly ran outside to the front steps of the palace to find the beautiful lass who had captivated him that night. He could not find her. She had disappeared into the dark, still night as quickly as she had stolen his heart. Read More.

How The Legend Of ‘Cheater Akin’ Began

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
6/13/14 | 774 reads | 0 comments
Rectus B. Akin was on trial. Those folks back in his settlement in middle Kansas knew him well, respected and loved him. When they heard that the immensely disliked marshal from the northern Dakota Territory had arrested Rectus B. on trumped up charges, they were mad. Mad as hell in fact. The simple fact was that the folks up there did not know Rectus B. and what he had done for the people of the Kansas territory. Read More.

What Really Happens When We Decompress A Nerve?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/8/14 | 851 reads | 0 comments
Sitting in the center of the third row in the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House), I was awestruck by how the opera company had so effortlessly put on one of my favorite operas, The Barber of Seville. Dr. Gointu Amabala, the famous neuroscientist from Mumbai, brought me to this magnificent venue. He loved the opera and would make the long trek to Vienna from India just to attend one performance. “So what did you think?” he asked in his clipped accent. Read More.

Why Minimally Invasive Surgery Is An Art Even If It May Not Look Like It

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
4/10/14 | 5508 reads | 1 comments
Seven years ago, I couldn’t believe I had just paid $250 to stand there in a New York art gallery staring at a single red dot in the middle of a large, all-black canvas. “It’s phenomenal, isn’t it?” a cultured voice whispered reverently near my ear. Since I was locked in a mental gymnastics event trying to decide why I had agreed to come to this affair in the first place, I did not hear her. “Excuse me,” the voice whispered more urgently, “it’s phenomenal, isn’t it?” Read More.

How Did Heel Spurs Become Public Enemy Number One?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
3/5/14 | 1936 reads | 0 comments
The cool, dark west Texas night sky was nearly silent. It was almost like I had been placed into some type of surreal soundproof chamber. There was a big silence, except for the occasional coyote howl, and of course the regular cracking and popping of the roaring campfire. But that was like white noise. You never heard it unless you really concentrated. There is nothing like being out on a roundup, resting by the flickering fingers of the orange and yellow flames of the fire, being bone aching tired from herding cows all day. Then the silence ended. Read More.

Coming In From The Cold To Recognize Essential Elements For Business Survival

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/6/14 | 3845 reads | 1 comments
His words were accentuated by the visible condensate with each exhale. An accretion of ice was already present on his thick, walrus-like mustache and building. It was cold. Damn cold. Chicago is cold in the winter and this one was a real molecule stopper. It was so cold in fact that it was hard for me to concentrate on what he was asking me. I kept thinking this “laboratory” must be very special and worth seeing since I had left sunny, warm Arizona for a full body dip in this virtual deep freeze. Read More.

How Urinalysis Can Filter Out Illegitimate Requests For Pain Meds

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
1/14/14 | 2749 reads | 1 comments
It is yellow in color, usually clear, has a specific gravity ranging from 1.001 to 1.035 and a pH of 4.6 to 8.0. It doesn’t look (or smell) like anything special (most of the time), but it has the power to give us great insight. This yellow fluid cannot lie. Granted, its vessel can damn sure play some games, even buying fake fluid on the Internet in an attempt to mask other deceptions. However, this yellow fluid is what it is and it is what they have ingested, smoked, snorted and ultimately metabolized. Read More.