John Henning Schumann

John Henning Schumann appears in the following:

When The Cost Of Care Triggers A Medical Deportation

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Hospitals are legally obligated to find suitable places to discharge patients, but their insurance status makes all the difference. Things get complicated if people have entered the country illegally.


Keeping Up With The Joneses' Latest Medical Procedure

Saturday, February 27, 2016

My father is approaching his 78th birthday, blessed with health good enough to still be an avid golfer and tennis player.

His regular group of tennis buddies changes from time to time. The lineup depends on how they're feeling.

I remember when one of the gents renowned for his fitness ...


Why Doctors Need To Have Answers For Patients' Questions About Costs

Saturday, January 16, 2016

For years, Mrs. Sutton came to see me in the office every three months. Visiting the doctor quarterly was "the right thing to do," she told me, given the fact that she had both diabetes and high blood pressure.

She always set the agenda at our visits. She brought lists ...


A Doctor Wrestles With Whether To Keep Wearing His White Coat

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I remember being handed a white coat during my first year of medical school. It came crisply folded in a cellophane bag. I was told to wear it anytime we were in the hospital or with patients as a sign of respect.

There was no pomp about it. I took ...


Pruning Back Prescriptions For Better Health

Sunday, September 27, 2015

If you follow health news, by now you may have heard about a federally funded study that was stopped early because of impressive evidence that aggressively lowering blood pressure saves lives.

For more than half a century we've known that controlling blood pressure (getting the numbers below ...


No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn't A Natural Cause Of Death

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beware the mention of natural causes, as in my mother's obituary:

"Norita Wyse Berman, a writer, stockbroker and artist ... died at home Friday of natural causes. She was 60."

Sixty-year-olds don't die of natural causes anymore. The truth was too hard to admit.

Fifteen years on, I'm ...


Should Doctors And Drugmakers Keep Their Distance?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Doctors are obsessed with time.

It comes down to simple math. If I have four hours to see a dozen patients, there simply isn't much time to stray from the main agenda: What ails you?

Frequently harried, I avoid drug company salespeople. Their job is to get face time ...


Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Poor old Dr. Krebs. His painstaking Nobel-winning work on cellular metabolism, called the Krebs cycle, has made him the symbol for what's ailing medical education.

"Why do I need to know this stuff?" medical students ask me.

"How many times have you used the Krebs Cycle lately?" senior ...


What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Famed doctor and medical educator William Osler once said, "A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient."

What, I wonder, does that say about us doctors who treat our own kids?

This past winter, my daughter got the flu. She was miserable: daily fevers, achiness, sore throat, ...


When A Patient Says 'Everything's Fine,' A Doctor Should Be Wary

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Oscar buzz surrounds Julianne Moore for her role as Alice Howland in the film Still Alice. Howland is a linguistics professor who develops early-onset Alzheimer's, a cruel irony for a character who makes her living with her brain.

Howland's awareness of her fate makes her decline all the more ...


Wonder Abides, Even For A Skeptical Doctor

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The holidays are here, bringing joy and, for some, wistful feelings.

Doctors are no different. Even for a profession that prides itself on scientific proof, the long nights of December afford ample opportunity for reflection and even doubt.

As we take stock of what we've accomplished and where we've failed ...


If Slow Is Good For Food, Why Not Medicine?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Maybe you've heard about the slow food movement. Maybe you're a devotee.

The idea is that cooking, nutrition and eating should be intentional, mindful and substantive. Avoid fast food and highly processed grub. For the slow food set, the process is as important as the product.

Now I'm seeing a ...


What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Back in 2003 I was a junior doctor working at a Chicago teaching hospital.

As one of the newer docs, my daily appointment schedule had lots of openings. Pretty much any assignment nobody else wanted came my way.

One morning the nurse who managed our clinic told me that my ...


A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Doctors rarely talk about death.

Mostly it's because we're in the business of trying to help people prolong their lives, which almost always makes death an unwelcome topic of discussion.

Too often, death is seen as failure, though it shouldn't be. Death is a natural part of the cycle ...


Results From Screening Tests Can Be High In Anxiety

Saturday, August 30, 2014

For years I've had a patient who is a gym teacher. As you might expect, he's pretty fit. Well into his 60s, he can do an impressive number of pushups, as he demonstrated one morning in our exam room.

He surprised me in a different way at an appointment several ...


A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A woman in her late 20s came to see me recently because her back hurt. She works at a child care center in town where she picks up babies and small children all day long.

She felt a twinge in her lower back when hoisting a fussy kid. The pain ...


A Doctor Takes A Look In The Medicare Mirror

Sunday, June 08, 2014

After decades of fighting to keep how much Medicare pays individual doctors a secret, the federal government bowed to pressure from journalists and consumer groups and released the information in April.

The data let reporters — and anyone else — figure out who is getting paid ...


When A Cholesterol Test Becomes A Vice Instead Of A Virtue

Saturday, May 10, 2014

If you ask me to boil down the modern doctor-patient relationship to its most basic elements, cholesterol pretty much sums it up.

No single concept has permeated American medical culture to the extent of our anxiety about cholesterol.

It doesn't matter if you're old or young, male or female, rich ...


Botched Execution Leads Doctor To Review His Principles

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Executions in this country often draw controversy. But when the headlines about them include words like botched or bungled, the debate about capital punishment enters new territory.

In Oklahoma, where I practice medicine, Clayton Lockett was convicted of murdering Stephanie Nieman, who had just graduated from high school, ...


Why Paper Prescriptions Are Going The Way Of Snail Mail

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Charlie is like a lot of my patients. He's in his late 50s, weighs a little too much and his cholesterol and blood pressure are both too high. To lower his risk of a heart attack or stroke, he takes daily pills to control his blood pressure and lower his ...