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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Mental Health Advocacy

Jason Bynum, MD

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EDITOR’S MESSAGE Comfort Foods

Nathan Hitzeman, MD

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Crisis in the Emergency Department

Aileen Wetzel, Executive Director

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Volunteering in Sierra Leone During Ebola

Eileen Barrett, MD

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Irma West – Memories of an Early Woman Doctor

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Memorable Experiences from Sutter Memorial

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Moving Toward Universal Health Care

Glennah Trochet, MD

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New Med School in Town

Bob LaPerriere, MD

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On Box-Making

Caroline Giroux, MD

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Bioelectrical Medicine

Kent Perryman, Ph.D.

Jack Ostrich, MD

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Board Briefs

BOOK REVIEW Being Mortal

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Welcome New Members

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Classified Advertising

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Eyes on the Past

Bob LaPerriere, MD

We welcome articles from our readers by email, facsimile or mail to the Editorial Committee at the address below. Authors will be able to review articles before publication. Letters may be published in a future issue; send emails to e.LetterSSV Medicine@gmail. com or to the author. All articles are copyrighted for publication in this magazine and on the Society’s website. Contact the medical society for permission to reprint.

Visit Our Medical History Museum 5380 Elvas Ave. Sacramento Open free to the public 9 am–4 pm M–F, except holidays.

SSV Medicine is online at www.ssvms.org/Publications/SSVMedicine.aspx A collection of prosthetic eyes was recently donated to our Museum of Medical History, which prompted Curator Dr. Bob LaPerriere to look into the history of fitting and fabricating these glass ocular replacements. The glass eyes in our museum are made of cryolite glass, a special soft, and easy-to-form or to blow, glass. This glass is non-toxic, is very compatible with human tissue, and was developed in Lauscha, Germany. Most prosthetic eyes now fitted in the U.S. are made of acrylic plastic and are custom-molded to accurately fit the patient’s anatomy. Dr. LaPerriere’s article begins on page 18.

September/October 2015

Volume 66/Number 5 Official publication of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society 5380 Elvas Avenue Sacramento, CA 95819 916.452.2671 916.452.2690 fax info@ssvms.org

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2015-Sep/Oct - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...

2015-Sep/Oct - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...