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Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor

Boston, Massachusetts
I am a physician specializing in geriatrics and palliative care. My scholarly interest is in ethical issues near the end of life, and I have written 4 books for a general audience. I see patients for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group practice in the Boston area, and am a... Full Bio
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Psst! by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Are all treatments preference sensitive (ssh!) treatments (psst)? See commentary this weekend. Read on »
The Five Percent by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health It’s a dirty little secret that nobody other than professional geriatricians and palliative care doctors seems to know. But inside those circles, most everyone is aware th ... Read on »
Who cares about aging? by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Find out who cares about aging in my next post... Read on »
More or Less by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health True or false? 1) Medications have led to improved health (T) 2) Medications are helpful for many chronic conditions (T) 3) Most older patients have several ch ... Read on »
Trick or Treat? by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Do older people take too many pills? See post this weekend. Read on »
Brave New World of High Deductible Health Plans by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I’m about to enter the brave new world of high deductible health plans. Not because I want to, but because that’s all my employer offers. The truth is that these plans bas ... Read on »
Brave New World by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health The brave new world of high deductible health insurance: the answer for controlling Medicare costs? The answer for anyone? See my comments this weekend! Read on »
Not Dying Yet by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I used to think that palliative care was just for people who were dying. Then I found out—about a dozen years ago—that palliative care had expanded its original focus on e ... Read on »
Swimming Upstream by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health When is the right time to have a conversation about goals of care? Commentary coming soon. Read on »
Rating the Ratings by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Earlier this month, Medicare announced that it is revising the 5-star rating system currently used to measure nursing home performance. The ratings are available on the Nu ... Read on »
The Report Card Mania by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health We give grades to nursing homes, to hospitals, to state health care systems: does this help improve quality? Post coming soon! Read on »
Farewell to All That by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health In his 1905 farewell speech to the faculty of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Dr. William Osler  commented that the school was wise to hire someone young and ener ... Read on »
When Is It Time to Kick the Bucket? by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Coming soon: A response to Ezekiel Emanuel's article,  "Why I Hope to Die at 75." Read on »
To Cover or Not to Cover by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health The day of decision is coming. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will decide soon whether to go along with the recommendation of the independent review ... Read on »
To Cover or Not to Cover by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health A chest CT scan showing what is almost certainly lung cancer: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will decide soon whether to cover screening for lung cancer ... Read on »
The Coming Cataclysm by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Some time in the next 6 years the world will experience an unprecedented cataclysm. Not a tsunami or an epidemic or a large scale war, although those are possible, too. Th ... Read on »
Crossing Over by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health See Sunday's post for a discussion of the coming cataclysm. Read on »
From Dust to Dust (or Dustbin?) by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health The new IOM report, “Dying in America,” is a masterpiece. Written in the matter-of-fact language typical of non-partisan reports by committees of experts, it makes recomme ... Read on »
On September 17, the Ins ... by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health On September 17, the Institute of Medicine will release its report, "Approaching Death: Addressing End of Life Issues," which will be the subject of my next post. Read on »
The Methuselah Prize by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health A startling new project was unveiled last Tuesday in the San Francisco Bay area. No, not Apple’s iPhone 6 or its watch, but the Palo Alto Longevity Prize . Never heard of ... Read on »