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What is the Most Important Human Behavior?

August 7th, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

Of all of the newsletters I’ve written over the past several years, the one that received the most positive responses was titled, The Most Important Word.

For those of you who have not read this piece, I argued that the most important word in the English language is not “love.” It is not “compassion,” “generosity” or “peace.” It is not “compromise.” If you look through the prism of survival, both as individuals and as a society, the most important word in the English language is the word “no.” If you have difficulty saying “no” to other people, by definition, you lack the healthy boundaries necessary to thrive in a competitive and dangerous world.… Read the rest

Death By Smart Phone

July 18th, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

Before we get started, a quick disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this newsletter. However, I cannot say the same for my awesome medical assistant, Sheri. Before you get too upset with me for attacking Sheri, understand that she asked for it! She literally asked me to write this newsletter about a conversation we had about smart phones, during which time she was mercilessly humiliated and abused. When I asked her why she wanted me to write the newsletter, Sheri sarcastically quipped, “For the good of mankind.… Read the rest

The Most Important Word

April 4th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

I was recently asked to give a talk to a group of doctors who were frustrated with their professional lives. They were attending a conference called Medical Fusion, where they would be exposed to a group of colleagues who had somehow found professional job satisfaction. Because I had authored Concierge Medicine, I was asked to be among the speakers and explain how I had found a way to break free from the system.

After accepting this engagement, I made the decision that I would not play the role of Tony Robbins or Dr.… Read the rest

Revenge of the Nerds, Part II

January 17th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD
As some of you know, I recently went through the process of re-certifying with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). As a licensed physician, and previously board-certified internist, I am not required to re-certify to practice internal medicine. I’ve been an internist for two decades now, and I would still be an internist without the imprimatur of the Board. However, as I explained to my 14-year-old son, testing and being graded never really stops.
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In Memory of Dr. Martin Gardy

December 6th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

As I did last year around the holidays, I’m going to share a more personal story in this December’s newsletter. Earlier this year, a wonderful physician and teacher, Dr. Martin Gardy – my mentor at Cornell Medical College – passed away. Without question, Dr. Gardy was the most influential teacher in my life. Like all great teachers, he taught by example. He was also an incredibly articulate and wise man, and he shared a lot of pearls of wisdom with me.… Read the rest