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Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD  

Medical Resources

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Medical Resources

National Library Of Medicine
Go here to do MedLine searches for free, no account needed. Try PubMed to do searches of the National Library of Medicine. It is easy and gives you related articles when you select one of particular interest to you.

American Medical Association Home Page

As stated in the AMA's Mission Statement, "We are the voice of the American medical profession." This physician organization represents 90% of the physicians in America through it's democratic policy-making body, the House of Delegates, which is comprised of medical associations and speciality organizations. A summary of the AMA's mission is: To Advance the art and science of medicine, to Protect the public health, and to Serve as champions for our patients. This award winning site is updated constantly. Check out AMA's "DoctorFinder", Physicians Guide to Media Violence, Medical news, and much more including PolicyFinder. For example, check out the AMA's position on privacy and confidentiality of medical records. See HHS.gov for regulations as mandated by HIPAA of 1996. Check out the AMA's advice on HIPAA.

Health System Reform
Visit the Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights at www.protectpatientsrights.org to learn more. Dr. Palmisano is the spokesperson for this non-partisan coalition. Read his speech to the American Enterprise Institute and see the Fox video.
To join thousands of concerned citizens, go to http://www.protectpatientsrights.org/learnmore

Louisiana State Medical Society
An example of a medical society that embraced the World Wide Web early. Their new headquarters, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is designed to accommodate the latest in Internet technology.

JCAHO Sentinel Events Alerts for Safety
Go to this link at JCAHO web site and learn of sentinel events that describe specific errors that have been reported to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Learn of these errors and be proactive in fixing the system so the errors do not happen again. By being an informed patient, you enhance your safety.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Also see important information including statement by former HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Regarding House Passage of the Medical Malpractice Reform Bill (HR4600). Don't fail to read the outstanding important report concerning the new health care crisis and fixing the medical liability system.

My Favorite Dentist
This talented dentist also happens to be my daughter.

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research
A good source for information on quality, research, and safety discussions. Be sure to visit AHRQ's National Patient Safety Network Web Site

National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
This organization wants to enhance patient safety. It promotes discussion within the health care and scientific communities about the causes and prevention of health care errors and patient injuries. It will build knowledge about health care errors, patient injury, and effective strategies for patient safety and establish a clearinghouse for patient safety information. Visit this site to learn more.

Acid-Base Balance - A Tutorial
Learn from Dr. "Grog" - Alan W. Grogono, MD of the Department of Anesthesiology at Tulane University School of Medicine. A beautiful and instructive site that makes a complex subject simple.

American Society Of General Surgeons
This society represents the needs and interests of Board Certified General Surgeons in the areas of policy, long range planning, and education.

The "Virtual" - Medical Center
An Awesome collection of over 19,600 Multimedia Medical Teaching Files and Modules, over 28,300 Multimedia Medical Cases, 218 Multimedia Medical School Cources/Textbooks and over 5,200 MPEG's (Movies). It is in the top 5% of all Web sites (Point) and was selected as a Magellan 4 Star Site.

American College of Surgeons
The largest organization of surgeons in the world. The College is dedicated to improving the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Check out their professional liability articles. You even will find a few of my reflections there.

The Merck Manual Of Diagnosis And Therapy
This popular medical text is now on the Web.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine New Orleans

Tulane University Health Sciences Center

Harvard Medical / The Francis A. Countway Library Of Medicine

American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)

Medical Society of Virginia
A medical society pioneer on the World Wide Web with Paul E. Galanti as the former EVP/CEO/Webmaster. Paul is an American hero who was a prisoner of war in Hanoi, North Vietnam for almost seven years. He is a computer expert who is an outstanding motivational speaker and a very nice person.

Massachusetts Medical Society

Michigan State Medical Society  

New Hampshire Medical Society

The Visible Human Project
CAT, MRI, and cryosection images of cadavers; also links to other projects using the images from The Visible Human Project. Yesterday's science fiction has become today's reality.

Joint Commission - The entity for the accreditation of healthcare organizations. Formerly known as JCAHO. Be sure to visit their link to Patient Safety/Sentinel Events. Learn of these errors and be proactive in fixing the system so the errors do not happen again. By being an informed patient, you enhance your safety.

LifeStat Medical - Unique emergency pocket airway device.
LIFESTAT is an emergency airway device for use in respiratory obstruction or failure. This innovative new device facilitates a lifesaving method (cricothyrotomy) in emergencies when other efforts have failed. LIFESTAT is small and light enough to fit on your key ring, in your pocket, bag or emergency kit.


Legal Resources

Tulane Law Library
Telnet to Tulane Law Library Catalog (use "library" as user name)

United States Supreme Court Decisions

American Bar Association home page.

The Health Care Liability Alliance (HCLA)
A national advocacy coalition that supports effective federal health care liability reform. This site is frequently updated and contains, among other topics, "Fact Sheets" discussing damage caps, the impact of liability on the cost of healthcare services, etc.

Adams And Reese Law Firm

McGlinchey Stafford:
A full service large law firm with offices in multiple states. For full disclosure, I wish to mention that my wife Robin was an attorney in the Health Care Section of the New Orleans office for many years.


Government Links

Use these links to track healthcare legislation, regulations and communicate with Congress.

Library Of Congress

Code of Federal Regulations
This is the searchable Code of Federal Regulations brought to you by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives, in cooperation with House Information Resources and Personal Library Software, Inc.

U.S. House of Representatives World-Wide Web Service

U.S. Senate

Full text search of all bills in Congress. For example, type in "malpractice" and every bill in Congress containing the word "malpractice" will appear. One can view the full text of those bills.

After studying the material in the sites above, you deserve a break. Visit some of my favorite internet sites for relaxation and education.

The National D-Day Museum - New Orleans
America's National World War II Museum. See it on the web and come and visit it. You will never forget it.

Rudyard Kipling Poems: Kipling is one of my favorite poets.

U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock
Visit here to get the correct time.

The On-line Books Page

Home of the Macintosh computer and IPod

Broadband Wireless PC Cards for Macintosh Powerbook
If you have a Macintosh Powerbook with a PCMCIA slot (15" and 17" but not 12") and want to meet experts who can sell you a card that will give broadband speeds, this is the place to go. The advantage of such a card is the same as having a cellular phone for communication plus broadband speeds. You don't have to try to locate a Wi-Fi location. You also can get a booster antenna that plugs into the card for fringe reception areas. This company demonstrated superior knowledge and gave great service when an order was placed for a Verizon 5220 for a Macintosh Powerbook 15". Here is a comment from the company and they delivered on the promise: "Yes, we are an authorized Verizon Agent that can sell all Verizon broadband access cards. More importantly, we are Mac experts especially when it comes to Mac EVDO. We have set up a page that may answer many of your questions.

Space Vehicle Designs

Elements of Style

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States

American Rhetoric
One hundred significant political speeches of the 20th century plus much more about rhetoric.


Microsoft/NBC 24 hour news
Check it out! MSNBC does 24 hour news and puts highlights in large bold print to the left of the main text. Don't miss the spectacular weather maps and the live Internight interview. For example, on July 15, 1996, Tom Brokaw interviewed President Clinton at 8:00 p.m. eastern live from the White House. One could go on-line during the interview or take part in the after-show discussion with White House Communications Director Donald Baer and White House Telecommunications Advisor Greg Simon.

Wired Magazine.
Always interesting.

CNN Interactive
The World Wide Web version of the news from CNN.

Fox News

Electronic Text on the Web
Classic texts such as Dracula by Bram Stoker, Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, poetry of Edgar Allen Poe, complete works of Shakespeare, War and Peace by Tolstoy, Candide by Voltaire, and more. This fiction site of Carnegie Mellon University also links to their English Server which then links to Alex: A catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet. These sites are truly treasure troves of literature.

Classics Archive
An award-winning searchable collection of almost 400 classical Greek and Roman texts in English translation. 

Barnes and Noble books and more

New Orleans Links

Elements of Style
The great little book on writing by William Strunk, Jr. A classic.

Project Bartleby: The Public Library Of The Internet

Inaugural Addresses Of The Presidents Of The United States

Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America

Welcome To The Planets
An out-of-earth experience. Stunning photographs from outer space by NASA.

Microsoft Corporation

The Louvre Museum in Paris

The On-line Books Page
A fascinating site that allows you to search for the full text of books on-line. From this page you can go to " Search by author or by title " page and find other options. I chose the "Author Search" and went to that page and typed in: " Crane, Stephen " and pressed return and the text of The Red Badge Of Courage was available by chapters in addition to four other Crane books. Other examples found from this site are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, and Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This site also links to many other book sites. Those who love books and the magic in them will find it difficult to resist the Web when they are shown this capability.

Pulitizer Prize Winners
Produced for the Columbia Journalism Review by The Center for New Media at Columbia University

A beautiful site; a treasure trove of information about books, reviews, and lists. Don't fail to visit The BookWire Reading Room which contains direct links to electronic texts in the public domain.

This site claims to be the "Earth's biggest book store". You can browse 2.5 million titles here. Find books and more including the Kindle electronic reader with wireless connection.

Nature's Reflections® is a registered trademark at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It also is registered with the Secretary of State in Louisiana. This trademark is owned by Nature's Reflections, LTD., a Louisiana corporation.

Nature's Reflections represents Dr. Palmisano's nature photography work. Palmisano's copyrighted photographs sell under the Nature's Reflections trademark.

Excerpt from Nature's Reflections brochure

"His works have been recognized in juried art competitions, featured on the covers of photography and medical publications and seen in shows in New Orleans and Lafayette. His photographs grace the walls of numerous homes and offices, as well as hospitals and are often purchased for their serenity as well as their unique beauty.

One of Palmisano's goals in his art is ''to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers for all to enjoy in a moment of solitude.The aging clock possible stops for each moment we delight in the flower's beauty. Certainly stress, the accelerator of aging, ceases momentarily. (From Solitude and Beauty 1976 Donald J. Palmisano)

Nature's Reflections' brochure cover and sample photographs

Also see mention of Nature's Reflections at:
Excerpt from article in American Medical News May 26, 2003.

Go to the Nature's Reflections's web site at: http://www.naturesreflectionslimited.com

Leadership book by Dr. Palmisano
Go to www.onleadership.us to learn more about the acclaimed book, On Leadership - Essential Principles for Success. Also podcasts, YouTube clips, and videos of radio and TV interviews are there. Book available in bookstores everywhere and can be ordered online at Amazon in traditional book form as well as Kindle electronic version.


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