MD PhD Daniel P. Sulmasy OFM

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To the Editor:--Hiccups have been a cur ious p h e n o m e n o n in tha t they occur wi thout warning and are quite s t ubbo rn to halt. As a resul t of my cur ious experimentation, I have discovered a reliable remedy for hiccups. The cure entails the person tilt the head down so tha t the nose points to the ground, close the eyes and breathe calmly. A few(More)
BACKGROUND: Some institutions require patients and families to give signed consent for Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, especially in New York State. As this may be a barrier to discussions about DNR orders, we changed a signed consent policy to a witnessed verbal consent policy, simplified and modified the DNR order forms, and educated the staff at 1(More)
BACKGROUND: Although opioids are central to acute pain management, numerous studies have shown that many physicians prescribe them incorrectly, resulting in inadequate pain management and side effects. We assessed whether a case-based palliative medicine curriculum could improve medical house staff opioid prescribing practices. DESIGN: Prospective chart(More)
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