Tuesday, December 18, 2007

KUMC School Volunteers

As of Jan 1, 2008, School Volunteers from KUMC will be joining students from UMKC in working with the John Locke Society Elementary School project. We welcome all of these students to the project and to the John Locke Society.

The students are: Ashley Kay, Kate Seymour, Sherri Braksick, Allison Ast, Kayla Gertsema,
Chris Avila, Peter Carter

Stanley Friesen Interview

The Stanley Friesen Interview of December 6, 2007, is now on the Website and ready for viewing. Go to http://www.myjohnlocke.com/ . Select the video website and then the Friesen interview.
If you know anything about Dr. Friesen or the KU Dept of Surgery, this is something you won't want to miss. There are 15 video clips. It was all so good, we couldn't find anything to edit out. You will enjoy every minute of this one.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Herbert Davis Interview

The Herbert Davis interview of October 18, 2007 is up on the website and ready for viewing.
Go to www.MyJohnLocke.com. Then go to Video website. There are 9 short video clips.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Octoberfest 2007 was held October 26th at the home of Dr. Alan and Susie Forker. Plenty of good food and company were present. Mark Winston, and Paul Tran of the UMKC School Volunteers attended as our guests and made a great impression. They are UMKC students helping us with the elementary school project.
A good time was had by all.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Accessing JLS Websites

Over time, the JLS has acquired several websites, blogs and E-Mail addresses to the point where accessing them has become a bit confusing. To make all this simpler and easier to use, we now have a reference website which is: http://www.myjohnlocke.com/

This is the only one you need to remember. It is basically a menu. Just go to this website and from there, you can access all of the sites. All you need to do is click on the one you want. A copy of the home page of this website is shown below:

1) http://www.studymed.com/JohnLockeSociety/home.htm Primary website for the JLS
2) http://www.johnlockeweb.info/ Website for viewing videos
3) http://www.myjohnlocke.com/ Website (This one)
4) http://www.health4kidsonline.com/ Website for Health4Kids

1) http://www.johnlockejournal.blogspot.com/ Keep up with JLS

1) Retiredkcdocs@yahoo.com Monitored daily
2) Jaydoc52@yahoo.com Sherm's E-Mail Monitored daily
3) JohnLocke@myjohnlocke.com or use form in Contact Us. Monitored daily
4) Kids@Health4KidsOnline.com Monitored daily

1) Carol Pashman: 816-536-7072 (Cell) Monitored when in town
2) Sherman M. Steinzeig: 913 649-0355 Back up Monitored 24/7

Each of these features has a purpose. Website 1) is the Primary website for the JLS. This has most of the information about us. Website 2) is devoted to Videos. This is where you will find the interviews. Website 3) is the Reference or Menu website. Website 4) is devoted to our Health4Kids project. We are just starting to develop this.
The John Locke Journal is a blog. It is a good place to check regularly to keep up with recent developments in the JLS,
The E-Mails and Phones are convenient ways to contact us.

Remember http://www.myjohnlocke.com/. That will put you in touch with everything.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Charles Wheeler Interview

An interview with Charles B. Wheeler, MD, JD, is up on the website and ready for viewing.
Go to http://www.myjohnlocke.com/ . Select the Video Website (second one down) and you will see the interveiw. There are 9 short clips.

Friday, September 28, 2007

UMKC School Volunteers

Five UMKC medical students, known hereinafter as the UMKC School Volunteers have joined us in participating in our elementary school health education program. Please give them a warm welcome. From the top down, their names are:
1) Bereketeab Haileselasie, 2) Stephen V. Hiatt, 3) Stephen Reintjes, 4) Paul Tran, and 5) Mark Winston.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Baily Andrus Interview

The Bailey Andrus interview of 9/25/07 is now up on the website (www.myjohnlocke.com) and ready for viewing. There are 7 short clips.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Charles H. White Interview

The Charlie White interview is now ready for viewing. It is the first of a series in the Oral History of Medicine in Kansas City project. Go to http://www.myjohnlocke.com/. Select the second website, the one for videos. There are 11 short clips which we think you will enjoy.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Chris Thomas' Little Frog, Big Frog.

It occurred to me the other day, that my life consisted of repeatedly going from big frog to little frog. I guess it is best to start with my childhood and I would have to state that my father was the big frog without any signifcant competition. I would sit there on my little lily pad and wonder if there was any way for me to become a big frog. I kept getting instructions on how to hop, when to hop, and how high to hop. Finally, somewhere in my senior year in high school, I felt as though I might be becoming a big frog. I had made superior grades in my classes and I had lettered in tennis. I felt rather ready to meet the challenge of college.

I arrived at my college in a place where I knew not a single soul in town and I was immediately a little frog again. The pond was a very strange situation and what was required of me was distinctly different than my past pond upbringing and schooling. Well, here I was, on my little lily pond and studying premedical courses. In my junior year, I was accepted to medical school. By golly, I felt like a big frog again.

I arrived at medical school to find out, after a short period of time, that I was again a little frog, if not a tadpole. My God! The bull frogs reminded me, in a deep-throated harrumph, of my status, and the risk of being expelled from the pond. Only much later did I recognize that they were trying to educate me to the perils of the other inhabitants of the pond. At long last, I became a bigger frog with a white coat, rather proud of my position on my own little lily pad.

Then came the internship and residency. I am trying to avoid discussing internship because I was a perpetual little frog to the bitter end. Fortunately, I was accepted to a good surgical residency program and that, at least, made me feel like a frog that might be able to find a more favorable pond. The residency program was not so much a status phenomenon as it was how fast I could hop and how long I could do it. There were a couple of boss frogs that I admired very much. I wrote several papers for the literature with them as co-authors. I felt like a big frog at the end.

From there, I went into the Army for a tour of duty and was promoted from frog to frog captain. I had gained experience for which I was grateful and was ready to venture out.
Then, I entered private practice. Guess what? LIttle frog again. I was told that they did not need my frog specialty in the pond and the usually didn't admit frogs like me to certain frog hospitals. I played the game of lily pad hopping with certain reprimands from officer frogs, brought in new lessons from my frog residency and after a long period felt like a big frog, but a tired frog.

All too quickly, it seems, came the point that I retired from the bigger lily pad I had come to inherit and then, became a little frog again.
......Christopher Y Thomas, Jr, MD

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Interview with Charles H. White, MD

This morning Keith Ashcraft, Jack Stelmach, Sherman Steinzeig, and Chris Thomas interviewed Charley White about his medical career in Kansas City which began in 1929. We got an hour of great video and audio recording. Charley is 102 years old, but very sharp and very articulate. The entire recording will be archived for preservation and a few choice clips will be selected to put on our video website. This is the first in a series for the Oral History project. We had great fun this morning. This is going to be an interesting project of the John Locke Society.
Coincidentally, reporters and photographers from the KC Star visited Charley yesterday and today for an article to appear in next Wednesday's issue (Aug 15). This date is tentative, but keep an eye open for it.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A New Website (Yes, another one)

What? Not another website? Well, since we are setting up websites, we thought we might as well have one for Health4Kids. We don't need it right now, but we will in the near future.
The URL is: www.Health4KidsOnline.com. It will be up and running tomorrow. It is indexed in the reference site: www.MyJohnLocke.com. Just go there and you will find them all.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Editorial Opinions From the Past

After a recent chat with Chris Thomas, I dug out my file of past issues of the Greater Kansas City Medical Bulletin. Did you know that in 1966 it was a weekly publication? By 1969, it had become bi-monthly. Now it is bi-annual, if that. Furthermore, it came free to all physicians in the Kansas City area. It was the communication technology of the time and it was relevant. I especially enjoyed the editorials, all of which I read and some of which I wrote.
Now it is the Internet, especially the blog, that is relevant. Chris and I thought it might be interesting to have another look at some these old editorials and see if they have any interest today. We will be bringing them to you from time to time. If you have any good ones that you have read or written please let us know. Of course, you can always let us know what you think by means of your comments.
So dig out those old files. You will have a pleasant, nostalgic experience.

...Sherman M. Steinzeig

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Websites

There are two new websites up and running that you should know about.
1. http://www.johnlockeweb.info/. This site is for the future when we will display videos. It is on a large, fast, server with wide bandwith. There are some experimental videos on it. Take a look.
2. http://www.myjohnlocke.com/. This is a reference site. We now have Websites, blogs, E-Mails, phones, etc. It is too much to keep track of.
The purpose of this website is to show what is available and give immediate access to it. It is basically a menu. This is the only website you need to remember. Put a shortcut to it on your desktop. Just click on that and you can reach everything.
Incidentally, there is an E-Mail account associated with it, JohnLocke@myjohnlocke.com. If you send us a message we will respond.
I would be honored to help anyone who has trouble working these websites.

Friday, July 6, 2007

An Oral History of Medicine in Kansas City

The John Locke Society is embarking upon a project to preserve some of the tales we hear being exchanged at dining tables, over a drink or anywhere else two or more doctors are gathered. There have been a plethora of "characters" in the medical profession in this town and it would be a shame if some of the anecdotes about their behavior are lost. We are beginning to record the reminiscences of some physicians for preservation. Obviously, we have all some first-hand knowledge of incidents and personalities of interest. Some of us may have second-hand info that can be used to glean the true story from one who was there when it happened. We can learn from everybody who is willing to enter a blog or a commentary on a blog on this site. If you can read this, you are obviously computer literate enough to type in something that can help with our history. I would be willing to talk with anyone about this subject. You can either email me at kashcraft@kc.rr.com or call me at 913-362-8884. I will try to keep you informed through the blog site about what we have accomplished from time to time. Keith W. Ashcraft MD

I have read a book

The title is, " The Family That Couldn't Sleep", by D.T. Max. It is fascinating story about what we know about Prion diseases like "mad cow", etc from the beginning to what we know now. Did you know that there is a genetic form of Prion disease? The author is a good writer and you will not be bored.

When you have read it, please give us your comments.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

I read a book.

The title is, "Dominion", by Scully. It deals with animal abuse, namely our industrial food complex which regards meat as a commodity (not even alive). If you are interested in how we get our meat supply, you should read this book.
When you have read it, please give us your comments.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Instructions for using the blog

Many of our members are not great with computers. Use of the blog is really is much easier than it looks. There are simplified instructions on the first blog post here. More detailed instruction are on a new page on our JLS website.
You can access the website at: www.studymed.com\johnlockesociety\home.htm or
www.metromedkc.org Click on the JLS link.

If anyone has need for further instruction, please do not be embarrassed about asking for help. Contact jaydoc52@yahoo.com. One of us would be honored to help you one on one.

If the blog is going to be of any value, it must be used. Think of it as the place to go for information about JLS. It is linked to the JLS website and vice versa. Leave a shortcut icon on you desktop and you have only one click to make to check them both. We can show you how to do that too.

Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of the JLS met @ 9:30 AM, Tues, July 3, 2007. Present were Drs. Keith Ashcraft, Don Blim, Alan Forker, Sherman Steinzeig, Jack Stelmach, and RN Carol Pashman.
1) It was decided that the regular meeting of the board would be held at 9:30 AM, on the first Tuesday of each month at the home of Keith Ashcraft, unless there is notification otherwise by Friday of the week before.
2) There was discussion of the KC Oral History project. It is felt that many of our elder members have information that would be of interest and should be preserved. The plan is interview these members and make audio and video records of the interview. There are several ways to present this information after we have it. It is hoped that the first interview will take place next week Then, we can see how it goes. If you have a good candidate for this project, please leave a comment.
3) There have been many changes in medicine since most of us retired. We would like to plan an luncheon sometime in the latter part of Sept for the first of a series of programs every four months. We are considering some fascinating topics. If you have a good one in mind, please leave a comment.
We are getting excited about an Oral History of Medicine in Kansas City.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

New and Exciting Topics in Medicine

Since we have retired, there have been many new, exciting, fascinating developments in medicine with which most of us are not familiar. For example, DNA therapy, Virtual Image training, Robotic surgery.
Woudn't it be nice if we could have a luncheon periodically and invite a guest who could fill us in on these exotic topics? If we knew the topics and the guests you want, we could do it.
Please, let's have your comments. You can even tell us if you don't like the idea. Let's make the blog a useful device.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


I hope you guys now know about fMRI

An oral history of Kansas CIty Medicine

At it's meeting of 6/5/07, the John Locke board of directors discussed the possibility of constructing an oral history of Kansas City medicine. Many of our older members have worthwhile material to contribute which would enrich our understanding of the changes which have occurred in the practice of medicine in the last century. The first step in this project would be to tape record interviews with some of our members to preserve their account of their memories and experiences. If you have any interest in this project, please feel free to chime in.

First posting and Instructions for use of the Blog

This is the first posting to the new John Locke Journal blog.
To post a comment: You must have a Google account which you get by clicking on comments and registering. It is free.
To post a topic: Go to www.blogspot.com and sign in as User name: johnlockekc@yahoo.com, Password: journal. You can then go to the blog and post your topic. You can leave your name or not as you wish. the topic will be signed: John Locke. Please feel free to post comments or topics.
This is the first blog format we have tried, mainly because it is free.

We would welcome any suggestions. Contact Steinzeig at: jaydoc52@yahoo.com.
Our Website is : http://www.studymed.com/JohnLockeSociety/Home.htm