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About Hospital Medicine

About Hospital Medicine

We liked being in the hospital: It allowed us to maintain a subset of our skills and work shoulder-to-shoulder with other physicians from whom we learned and who we taught. But ultimately, we decided it would be better if we stuck to office medicine. Here’s why.

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Four Things My Grandmother Got Wrong

Four Things My Grandmother Got Wrong

My grandmother was a saint — hopefully yours was too. However, there are four things she told me that she got wrong, which we still hear from our patients occasionally. So, with all due respect to my grandmother:

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Whole Body MRIs

Whole Body MRIs

At first glance it’s irresistible, right? Who wouldn’t want to know they’re not harboring a hidden cancer?

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On the Virtue of Being Friendly, but not Friends

On the Virtue of Being Friendly, but not Friends

This is called clinical distance, and in our opinion it is essential to the best medical care. Without it, there is a small but vital level of objectivity that melts away in the warmth of personal friendship and that, believe it or not, can be the difference between life and death.

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The Medical History Is Your Family Physician’s Superpower

The Medical History Is Your Family Physician’s Superpower

At our practice we conduct in-depth annual health assessments. At these visits, we create a longer document that follows the same format but expands greatly on it to include your medications, surgeries, allergies, family history, health habits, significant studies such as cardiac treadmills and colonoscopies, and more.

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Quality Medical Care by the Numbers

Quality Medical Care by the Numbers

When we speak to potential patients about our practice they often say, “Is there anything else I should ask when choosing a personal physician?” Here’s what we tell them.

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Getting the Doctor on the Phone

Getting the Doctor on the Phone

At the Sheldon Sowell Center for Health, our phones are answered live, 24/7. During office hours our staff answers. The rest of the time your call goes directly to Dr. Sheldon or Dr. Sowell.

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An Annual Health Assessment Could Save Your Life

An Annual Health Assessment Could Save Your Life

The annual physical exam is often debated in the medical literature and media. Since meeting our patients at least annually is the centerpiece of our practice at the Sheldon Sowell Center for Health, it may surprise you to learn that we’re on the anti-physical side.

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