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Dr. Jerry Saliman

Dr. Jerry SalimanJerry Saliman, MD is a volunteer internist at Samaritan House Medical Clinic in San Mateo. He retired from Kaiser South San Francisco after working there more than 30 years. While at Kaiser SSF, Dr. Saliman was also Chief of Patient Education. He received the 2012 “Lifetime Achievement Award” given by the Kaiser SSF Medical Staff.

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Back Pain – the Bane of Being Human

July 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

Back pain can be devastating. Just ask my wife. Prior to our upcoming wedding my wife decided she wanted to get in shape. She joined a gym and, in her zeal, she repeated the weight routine three days in a row. The next day she suffered severe lower back pain which subsequently has besieged her […]

Music As Therapy

June 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

My Patient Irene (not her real name) was my patient for many years, and during a routine visit she showed me a lump on her abdomen which turned out to be metastatic pancreatic cancer. I went to visit her one afternoon in hopes of offering her some comfort. The day I visited her was sunny […]

Beware Of Ants In Your Toilet!

May 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

A patient left a message for me which caught my attention. He wanted a blood sugar test for diabetes because there were ants in his toilet. When I spoke to him, he denied having some of the more typical signs of diabetes. His only concern was that there were ants in his toilet. I decided […]

Improving Your Memory

March 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

“Memory is the mother of all wisdom.” ― AESCHYLUS With advancing age, many adults worry not only about their health, but also about their memory. First, let us examine why we value our memory, and then look at some of the latest research in how to improve memory. With the externalization of memory by cell […]

Optimism & Your Health

February 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

During medical training at UCLA, I had the good fortune to learn from Norman Cousins, a Jewish writer, editor, and adjunct professor of medical humanities. Despite being misdiagnosed with tuberculosis at age 11, he set out as a boy to “discover exuberance.” He believed that positive emotions were the key to fighting illness, which he […]

Norovirus – The Winter Bug

January 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

Thanksgiving weekend 2014 was a time to forget for our family. My wife and I planned for the arrival of our children, their spouses, and four grandchildren for months. One of my granddaughters would Facetime daily to see what toys she would play with when she would eventually visit. The night before Thanksgiving, one son-in-law became […]

Depression — The Lowdown

December 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

News of Robin Williams’ suicide was a shock. How could a man devoted to making others laugh take his own life? His death brought the disorder of clinical depression to the forefront. Depression is a common mental illness that is manifested by prolonged sense of sadness, and other symptoms such as loss of desire to […]

In Search Of Sleep

November 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

“But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”  Robert Frost A relative of mine, Stewart, (not his real name) was driving home from LA, and fell asleep at the wheel. Stewart was 18 years old at the time, and on winter break from […]

Hepatitis C – A Stealth Killer

October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

I recall my Great Uncle Sidney.  He loved to devour a delicious steak for dinner.   Eventually he had to undergo coronary bypass surgery for cholesterol-clogged arteries of his heart.   Within a decade he died!  His heart did not kill him.  He died of cirrhosis of the liver because of a blood transfusion contaminated with hepatitis […]

The Meaning of Life – As Seen through The Eyes Of My Patients

September 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

As we approach the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this month, I find myself becoming more reflective, particularly about what’s important in my life. Twenty years ago I was asked to complete a biographical survey for a physician newsletter about my personal interests, which included questions such as the latest book I […]