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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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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 […]