Articles by Dr. Erik Steele

 
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MPBN — Saving the Voice of Maine

By Dr. Erik Steele on May 30, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.
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Gutting Maine’s health care system

By Dr. Erik Steele on May 16, 2011, at 6:53 p.m.
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Mother’s Day 2011: the gift of old family photos

By Dr. Erik Steele on May 02, 2011, at 8:35 p.m.
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Let’s not be Medicare idiots again

By Dr. Erik Steele on April 18, 2011, at 7:26 p.m.
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Computers in medicine — better than the stethoscope

By Dr. Erik Steele on April 04, 2011, at 9:26 p.m.
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16-plus questions about watering down Maine’s seat belt law

By Dr. Erik Steele on March 21, 2011, at 9:35 p.m.
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Dr. Slash’s rules for cutting budgets

By Dr. Erik Steele on March 07, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.

It’s time to stop deceiving ourselves about the budget

By Dr. Erik Steele on Feb. 21, 2011, at 8:10 p.m.

Seat belt regulation in public space

By Dr. Erik Steele on Feb. 07, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.

Health care mandates everlasting

By Dr. Erik Steele on Jan. 24, 2011, at 9:50 p.m.

Baby boomers leaving a mess for next generation

By Dr. Erik Steele on Jan. 10, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
The young man before me does not look that impressive. He’s not that big, his clothes are a little shabby, and in the photograph I’m holding he’s not doing anything remarkable. The picture is …

Making it to medical school against all odds

By Dr. Erik Steele on Dec. 27, 2010, at 5:37 p.m.
Late next summer, Maine’s only medical school will welcome to its first-year student ranks a young woman who made it there against almost all of the odds. When she walks through the doors of the …

Sharing a Christmas wish list for this holiday season

By Dr. Erik Steele on Dec. 13, 2010, at 6:29 p.m.
I know many of you out there have been worrying about what to get me for Christmas this year. To relieve your stress, and because my holiday shopping is done when everyone knows what I want, I have …

Caring for early childhood is critical

By Dr. Erik Steele on Nov. 29, 2010, at 8:07 p.m.
There’s a reason we were all born with fat heads, and it’s not so we qualify to be Fox News commentators before we are out of diapers. We need those disproportionately hefty heads because the …

A thoughtful discussion of a CT scan decision

By Dr. Erik Steele on Nov. 15, 2010, at 7:59 p.m.
I like to torment readers of my column, so two weeks ago I asked them what they would do as the doctor in a real patient care dilemma that came straight out of my family practice. Embedded in one difficult decision were “simple” issues of potentially fatal medical errors, health care costs, how fear drives patient care and much more.

The doc is out; it’s your call

By Dr. Erik Steele on Nov. 02, 2010, at 12:32 a.m.
Being my patient should be pretty simple. You come into my office with a nail of a problem and I hit it with the hammer of my therapy.

Fear of health care rationing

By Dr. Erik Steele on Oct. 19, 2010, at 10:06 a.m.

Need-to-know health care

By Dr. Erik Steele on Oct. 04, 2010, at 5:44 p.m.
Watching candidates run for election as governor of the state reminds me that the top job in state government requires the ego of Donald Trump, the hide of a rhino and more guts than a …

A look inside the dizzying world of primary care

By Dr. Erik Steele on Sept. 20, 2010, at 7:59 p.m.
“Primary care providers” are the thousands of family docs, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pediatricians who provide basic health care to you and about 200 million other …

Hard truths, decisions that come with age

By Dr. Erik Steele on Sept. 06, 2010, at 8:49 p.m.
I tell my daughters that the biggest difference between adulthood and a childhood is that decisions get more difficult as we grow up, and here’s proof: I have worked my last shift as an emergency …