Animal Crackers

by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Researchers in veterinary medicine and epidemiology have long demonstrated key connections between animals and humans in the areas of emerging infections. “Zoobiguity” looks at connections that are closer to home, including cardiology, gastroenterology, pediatrics, oncology and also psychiatry. A man rushes his limp dog to the veterinarian. The doctor pronounces the dog dead. The agitated man demands a second opinion. The vet goes into the back room and comes […]

A Point Well Taken

A Point Well Taken Nov 5, 2013 by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The struggles and challenges of parenting a child with special needs have been met by parents “pointing” out their rights, their needs and their obligations to many deaf ears; ears that couldn’t or wouldn’t hear. Seems like “pointing” comes in handy when you want to make a point and you need something beyond mundane words. The other day I observed one of […]

Take As Directed

by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It’s a scenario as old as medicine itself. Patient presents his or her pains, complaints, concerns and fears. The physician questions, pokes, prods and probes. The physician scribbles on a slate, parchment, paper or touch screen and offers, “Take this, it will help.” Ah, the prescription. Panaceas, bromides and elixirs. Early on it was plants, herbs, roots, bark and soil. Molds and spores were de rigueur. Opium, morphine, black […]

The Weight of Numbers

by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF This past January first put me in a league with half of all Americans when we made a New Year’s resolution. The league I was in was characterized by our rounding the bases with less speed, less grace and less ease. Our league was literally the “big league,” and our resolution was to lose weight. No surprise that weight loss is the number one resolution made by those who […]

Copy That

Copy That Aug 3, 2013 by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF One of the most intriguing, novel and exciting applications of 3D printers is in biotech, namely human tissue replacement. One of the attributes of aging (okay getting geezer-like) is the opportunity to experience the evolution and transition of ideas, technology and innovation. Take copying. Granted I wasn’t around to see how Gutenberg put legions of scribes into the unemployment lines but I did see […]

A Kink in His Armor

A Kink in His Armor Jun 3, 2013 Our take home message about Hephaestus is the same message we glean from hearing stories about others with disabilities. That hard work, diligence and support will prevail. by Rick Rader, M.D. Working in the field of disabilities, one quickly becomes sensitive to the prevailing “myths.” In fact, one of the missions of Exceptional Parent magazine is to dispel the myths. Myths that insist that people with disabilities […]

A Token of Appreciation

A Token of Appreciation May 6, 2013 When exceptional parents find themselves on the board game of “Special Needs” and are trying to “win at all costs,” they are employing the same principles of “game theory.” By Rick Rader, MD When I was in college and fumbling through “connecting,” I remember the first time I heard the words, “I hope you’re not into playing games.” This amused me since everyone referred to it as “the […]


Boredom Apr 2, 2013 By Rick Rader, MD The hope is that with an enlightened appreciation of the dynamics of boredom, psychologists will be able to devise strategies to prevent, overcome or reduce the impact of being bored. “Bowwww-ring” The word is so reflective of its meaning that it causes us to pronounce it in a dramatic fashion. When something is “boring,” we simply cannot help ourselves by not exclaiming, “bowwww-ring.” Even aliens with no […]

The “Queerest People”

by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The Munchkins represented the little people who worked for a living, the backbone of the community and the productive engines of society. As a self-professed medical historian I particularly enjoy reading the first descriptions of syndromes. For instance, the following first description of individuals with Down syndrome was provided by John Langdon Down in 1866. “A very large number of congenital idiots are typical Mongols. So marked is this, […]