Author Archives: John Sloan

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.

Why Trust Science? Naomi Oreskes et al.

Oreskes, Naomi et al. Why Trust Science? Princeton, 2019. NF;12/19. This assembly of authoritative essays tackles a monster issue that has been simmering in science academics’ and science philosophers’ esoteric conversations for decades. In the past several years trust in … Continue reading

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The Metaphysical Club. Louis Menand.

Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001. NF; 12/19. I went looking for more by Menand after being impressed with his precision and humour in a couple of New Yorker articles, and so dove into … Continue reading

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Vero Bistro, Calgary.

December 2019. In town for a sad family funeral, we needed to (and successfully did) drown our sorrows in a really high-class brunch before getting back on the plane. This place delivers. We wish it were closer to home. It’s … Continue reading

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Alcohol

When I was an intern in Newfoundland in 1976, all the specialists and trainees were assembled in a room at the hospital one morning to hear a hepatologist (internal medicine liver specialist) from Harvard tell us about liver disease. Once … Continue reading

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Elisa Steakhouse, Vancouver.

December 2019 We spent a lovely evening in this remarkable restaurant as part of a special-anniversary weekend, and couldn’t help comparing it to Boulevard, where we had dinner the night before. Elisa is far superior. The Aquilini Toptable restaurant group … Continue reading

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Boulevard Kitchen, Vancouver.

December 2019 We made this our dinner destination on one of a two-night special anniversary weekend in the city. It’s a bustling cheerful and classier-than-expected place – more expensive than expected too – with a noisy and casual overlay to … Continue reading

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War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy.

Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. Original (Russian) Russian Messenger, 1869. Translation by Richard Pevear and Larisa Volokonsky, Vintage Classics, New York, 2007. F; 11/19 I’m not sure why I occasionally tackle this kind of monster, it has to be a mix of … Continue reading

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