My Patients Almanac

One of the goals I had on establishing my practice was to educate my patients and the general public about the role of the Nurse Practitioner in general and the contributions they bring to healthcare. In addition to disease management, Nurse Practitioners focus on illness prevention, life-style modification, and health education.

To these ends, in the fall of 2001, I approached the local neighborhood newspaper editor and offered to write a monthly health-related column. The editor agreed and I have written a monthly essay ever since. After more than 10 years and 120+ articles later, it was time to take this effort one step further. I decided to compile these articles and essays into a book that would be informative as well as fun for the general public. The Patient’s Resource and Almanac of Primary Care Medicine. I hope the reader uses this book as a basic reference and guide to 30 common medical- and health-related topics. My readers in past years have found these topics the most popular; they are pertinent, helpful, and reader-friendly. I have expanded many of the essays and present them with resources, fun facts, and timelines, etc., to make the reading even more enjoyable. Some of the essays also include a section called “The Savvy Healthcare Consumer,” which highlights points about that essay’s topic which the reader should be aware of as it relates to a visit to a healthcare provider. You will find these essays free of medical jargon (or with definitions included) yet scientifically and medically sound. My purpose is to educate and clarify some complex medical issues while at the same time allowing the reader to enjoy the experience!


An easy to read compilation of medical-related essays complete with pictures, graphs, tables, and time-lines of common topics of interest, written to education, enlighten, and entertain the lay reader.