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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.


What if Rapunzel Lost Her Hair?

February 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

The other day I was reading the story of Rapunzel to my granddaughter, and I started to wonder what would have happened if Rapunzel had a hair loss disorder. The plot of the story hinges on the prince being able to climb up Rapunzel’s hair to meet her since she was locked in a castle […]

Singing For Your Health

January 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Many people sing in the shower, others sing in choirs or at their place of worship, and some do karaoke. Other than the joy singing brings us, does singing provide any health benefits? I consulted with Billie Bandermann, the choir director of Hashirim, a Jewish community choir, to get some answers. In addition to conducting, […]

Is Gluten Making You Ill?

December 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

During the German occupation of the Netherlands in WWII, massive starvation took place in 1944 and 1945, resulting in an estimated 22,000 deaths. One group of patients with intestinal problems paradoxically improved because of the shortage of bread. The Dutch physician, Dr. Willem Dicke, theorized that the culprit was the gluten in the wheat. Since […]

Looking At The End Of Life

November 3, 2015 | 1 Comment
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According to the Talmud, a famous rabbi named Judah lay dying. His was so revered by other rabbis that a fast was declared, and prayers were chanted continuously for heavenly mercy. Rabbi Judah’s handmaid ascended to the roof of the home and prayed, “The immortals desire Rabbi to join them, and the mortals desire Rabbi […]

Prayer Rx

October 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

I had recently returned from a medical conference, and the first patient I faced at 8:30 AM on a Monday morning was a woman who the physician in chief of the medical center wanted me to see because she was a problematic patient. She had been visiting the Emergency Department monthly for vague neurological complaints […]

CPR: Are You Prepared to Help?

September 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

May 16, 2003, 7:50 AM.  My wife and I enter the quad at a Midwestern university.  There are orderly rows of white chairs on the lawn, and on each one is a bottle of water labeled with the university logo, and a program for the commencement ceremony.  Scores of people are hurrying to the seats, […]

Airplane Emergency

August 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

“Is there a doctor on the plane; is there a doctor on the plane?!” The urgent sounding voice rang over the loudspeakers on the jet about thirty minutes into our flight from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco. My wife nudged me just as I was trying to arrange my body for sleep in preparation for […]

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 […]

High Blood Pressure – The Hidden Killer

August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was sitting in his living room having his portrait painted by artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff, who later became most renowned for “Unfinished Portrait” of FDR. Also present was Lucy Mercer, Eleanor’s social secretary, but most notorious because of her affair with the president. His dog, Fala, and two […]

Monkey See, Monkey Do — How Behavioral Modeling Influences Health

July 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

My 2-year-old granddaughter seemed to welcome her newborn baby sister with bland indifference. I observed her as she played with her blocks and other toys and did not appear to be perturbed by the presence of a new member in her family. After she had dinner, I was surprised when she set out deliberately for […]

HIV Awareness: HIV Testing Day is June 27

June 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

My twin daughters were born in August of 1981, just two months after a publication from the CDC reported the first cases of a rare lung infection that eventually led to what became known as the AIDS epidemic. Because they were very premature, my newborn daughters required numerous blood transfusions from Irwin Memorial Blood Bank […]

Moby Dick: A Legendary Tale Of Poor Workplace Safety

May 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Captain Ahab is on a mission to avenge the loss of his leg.  Over the course of a year, his crew hunts sperm whales and harvests the oil in huge barrels in the hold of his ship Pequod.  The ship travels all over the world and finally ends up in the equator in the Pacific […]


April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

“Ahh choo, bless you, ahh choo, gesundheit “ are the expressions one hears this time of year from allergy sufferers and their companions.   People who have migrated to California from other parts of the country are surprised to experience allergy symptoms they never had previously.  Allergy victims march into doctor offices and pharmacies every spring […]

Bone Up!

March 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

On May 12, 1990, I was speeding on my mountain bike down an unfamiliar mountain trail.  All of a sudden, the trail veered sharply to the left while I kept going straight. I went flying over a short wooden fence down a steep mountain hillside, and rolled and tumbled like I was in a bad […]

Your Heart Loves You. Love It Back!

February 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

  February is American Heart month. It represents an opportunity to think of hearts other than in the context of Valentine’s Day. During the course of my career as an internist, I have cared for hundreds of patients with heart disease. Believe me, it is better to make some simple interventions in your life now […]