South Florida Hospital News
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March 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 9



Publisher's Note

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver for five minutes longer.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
And while doctors don’t wear capes, there’s no question that to many of us they are heroes. I’m 69 years old now and I’ve met my share of physicians – personally and professionally. Yes, some aren’t perfect and I can think of some other things to call them instead of heroes, but 99 percent of them have been intelligent, well-meaning human beings with one intention — to make me feel better and help me lead a long and healthy life.
First there was my pediatrician back in Brooklyn, Dr. Marjorie Klugherz — a true pioneer in the world of woman in medicine who got our family of 4 kids through a myriad of bumps and bruises. Then I owe a huge debt to a very diligent and compassionate Pensacola internist, Dr. Daniel Summers, Jr., whose curiosity and persistence led to my early prostate cancer diagnosis at 43 and subsequent successful treatment. And so, it goes … luckily, I’ve found several physicians in South Florida who have the same dedication these noted practitioners had, so I’m looking forward to boring you with many more Publisher’s Notes in the future.
I understand practicing medicine in the 21st century is no walk in the park. Physicians every day must contend with more bureaucracy and heavier patient loads while somehow keeping up with a monumental volume of medical innovations and changes such as EMRs and pay for performance. And especially our young physicians just entering the field can be excused for feeling bewildered by the sheer complexity of the medical environment these days. But please remember that for every bad Yelp review or Facebook complaint you get, there are plenty of us out here grateful to you each and every day.

Charles can be reached at

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