The following is a short list of articles that I have published in medical journals, and some of the more popular articles from this blog – all in PDF format.
The articles from medical journals are at the bottom of the page.
The best way to open them is to right-click on the highlighted (underlined) titles, then select “open link in new window” to open the article. Then you can save the pdf file from there if you want.
All of the blog articles had working links when they were converted into pdf files, but some of the links no longer exist. My apologies. The articles are still current and useful.
Articles From This Blog
These are the blog articles in pdf format. The figures are included, so the download times may be a little longer.
I had been uploading these to Scribd.com, and was getting great exposure there, with many new readers. But recently my articles have been disappearing from Scribd, and not showing up in their search tool. Since I am unable to get the problem corrected, I will simply start providing these articles here for download.
Right-click on the highlighted (underlined) titles, then select “open link in new window” to open the article. Then you can save the pdf file from there if you want.
You might find some of these useful guides:
Nasal and Sinus Anatomy and Histology: Foundation for understanding pediatric rhinitis and sinusitis.
8 Ways to Clean Your Air – this is from the post titled “Stop Breathing: Your Air is Killing You (and what to do about it), with a little more benign title.
Honey – Nature’s Antibiotic – article about the powerful antibiotic / antimicrobial activity of honey, including Manuka honey. Note that a couple links in the document are dead. For example, the manukamedical.com link doesn’t exist any more.
The Ciliopathies – a description of primary and secondary dysfunctional cilia syndromes, how they present in your child, and what to do about it.
Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Ayurveda – a description of the various conventional and alternative medicine disciplines.
8 Choking Hazards for Babies and Infants – the most common choking hazards for little boogors, and what to do it yours inhales a piece of something.
Research and Clinical Articles
My basic (laboratory) and clinical research career has spanned a breadth of subjects, including cancer of the head and neck, voice disorders, treatment of HIV infections in the head and neck, hearing and cholesteatoma, minimally-invasive surgery techniques including robotic surgery, and chronic infections of the head and neck, including adenoidits, rhinitis, tonsillitis, and sinusitis, as well as minimally-invasive surgery.
Treating HIV Infections:
Early in my ENT career I was fortunate to work with a smart dedicated team that was trying to figure out how to best treat HIV infections. The following are a couple papers that came out of that work:
The first paper described a biopsy technique for taking a small piece of tonsil tissue for analysis of HIV viral particles. HIV infects lymphoid tissue, and the tonsil is lymphoid tissue. The advantage of biopsying the tonsil was that it did not require an incision to biopsy a lymph node, and could be done in the clinic.
This next paper described the actual HIV particle analysis, using new (it was new then, now is standard technique) 3D image-analysis of where the viral particles were in the tissue. The folks that did the analysis were incredibly smart, and were very generous to include me on their paper. It was published in the journal, Science, and one of our microscopy photographs was the picture on the cover for that issue. Of course, since that was my only paper ever to make the cover of Science, I had it framed. Yes, I am a geek! Warning – it may take a bit to download because there are color figures.
One of the rare but dire causes of hoarseness in babies and children is infection of the vocal cords by human papilloma virus (HPV). This is just a paper describing a case presentation of an 18-month-old infant with progressive hoarseness. It describes the possible diagnoses, what the concerns are, and what the final diagnosis was. There are some great color photos of the voice box (larynx). Published in Hospital Physician in 2003.
I have been fortunate enough to work with some smart and generous people. Dr. Rodney Schlosser very generously included me on a paper he published that described the development of surgical repair of the anterior skull base. It has been my privilege to learn some of these techniques – from Dr. Schlosser (who was my resident physician at the time, but who was clearly my superior in his skill with endoscopic surgery), Dr. Charles Gross, and Dr. Donald Leopold. The advantage of this technique is that it uses tiny fiberoptic instruments, placed through the nose, to repair the skull base. The alternative is a full craniotomy, with much greater risk of bleeding, brain injury, and even death.
My work with the surgical robot – the ultimate in minimally-invasive surgery – led to my induction into the “Triological Society” – The American Laryngological, Rhinological, Otological Society – for my work using the surgical robot to operate on the newborn infant neck. It was a great honor to become a fellow of this esteemed research society.
Due to relationships that I developed with other robotic surgeons during that work, I published the first text on robotic surgery, “Robotic Surgery: History, Current & Future Applications” in 2006. This text is NOT a free download, and I certainly don’t expect any of my readers to fork over the $90-120 that is being charged for the book. I just wanted to provide some sense of my clinical and surgical interests.