Front-Cover-1.pngSeptember-October 2022 | Volume 105 | Issue 5

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IN THIS ISSUE

This issue of Minnesota Medicine introduces a new regular department, Health Equity. Health disparities are
part of many articles in the magazine, but we want to particularly highlight new and ongoing efforts to provide healthcare more equitably. If you have suggestions, send them to us.


Table of Contents


ON THE COVER

Relieving Pain

Integrative therapies can be both safe and effective
Scientists and clinicians are finding ways to use complementary medicine, including acupuncture, mind-body therapies, dietary supplements, and more, to reduce or avoid the use of opioids for patients suffering pain.
BY SUZY FRISCH

MDH demonstration projects
A $1.25 million allocation to the Minnesota Department of Health funded five demonstration projects that explore ways to manage chronic pain without opioids.
BY ANDY STEINER AND SUZY FRISCH

 

FEATURES

What’s in a name?

The teaching of clinical anatomy includes an array of diseases, structures, or
procedures named after the person who first discovered them, yet eponym use
in medical practice has been contested for more than 100 years.
BY ELISA N. HOFMEISTER; ALYSSA M. BREN; HANNAH SAALSAA; AND STEVEN D. STOVITZ, MD, MS


EDITOR'S NOTE

Physicians can and should lead a movement to control firearms—and so, firearm deaths
[Firearm-induced injury] is a medical problem. Within this epidemic, our patients—our children—are dying not because of a novel virus or a mutated gene. Rather, they are dying as a result of insufficient preventive
medicine.

CHRIS WENNER, MD


COMMENTARY

Cannabis use in Minnesota

Suggestions for changes in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, given today’s knowledge of how cannabis products may be used and abused.
BY MARIA K. POIRIER, MD


ARTS AND MEDICINE

“Pickled Beets,” a poem about a root vegetable and a familiar mnemonic.

BY NANCY J. BAKER, MD


HEALTH EQUITY

Improving care for Somali patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Care for Somali patients with rheumatoid arthritis offers a model for addressing healthcare inequality.
BY PAVITHRA RAMAKRISHNAN, MS; MISSY FLEMING, PHD; ABDI
MAHAMED, MBA; ANDREW FORSBERG, BA; AND PAUL H. WAYTZ, MD


LIFE IN MEDICINE

Reflections on life and medicine while lying on a hospital transport cart—for 30 hours.

BY HARRISON H. FARLEY, MD, FACS


GOOD PRACTICE

Digital triage tool

A digital triage tool allows Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD, MBA, FAAD, to deal with patient concerns, provide some treatment—and grow her practice.
BY LINDA PICONE


THE PHYSICIAN ADVOCATE

The Physician Advocate / MMA NEWS

The MMA's report on policy, people and politics
MMA Annual Conference will be in-person again. MDH report shows health disparities in maternal deaths. Patient safety numbers drop during COVID-19. New 988 number launched for mental health crises. Record number of overdose deaths in 2021.


ON CALL

Rwanda Campbell, MD, and Hart Garner, MD