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Mind Over Miller: People say the darndest things

Aug 1, 2005

When I was in college, I spent summer vacations taking tourists on horse pack trips in the Rocky Mountains. During that time, I was asked some incredibly stupid questions. So when I travel, I like to ask tour guides what the dumbest questions they've ever been asked are. The usual response is "You wouldn't believe me!" I always tell them, "Oh, yes, I would."

Mind Over Miller: Professionalism counts!

Jul 1, 2005

Practice consultants often recommend linking associates' pay to their performance. That is, pay them a percentage of the income they generate. I disagree emphatically. Why? Because it creates a conflict of interest and may influence doctors to run unnecessary tests or even to perform questionable surgical procedures.

Mind Over Miller: A lesson from my father

This column originally appeared in the June 1974 issue of Veterinary Medicine.
Jun 1, 2005

My father watched me present a credit card to the service station attendant. The Christmas visit to my parents' home in Arizona was over, and I was filling my camper with fuel for the drive back to California. This was in 1972 B.C. (Before Crisis).

Mind Over Miller: Seniors: Lose weight without exercising and grow your hair back!

May 1, 2005

I was thrilled when the FDA cracked down on supplements containing ephedra last year, the first such action against a supplement. Although the recent overturning of the ban in Utah by a federal court is disappointing, I still hope the FDA's decision will pave the way for an industry gone amuck.

Mind Over Miller: The evolving pet diet

Apr 1, 2005

When I started practicing, the most common cause of death in older dogs was chronic interstitial nephritis.

Mind Over Miller: Hypochondria, here we come!

Mar 1, 2005

It occurs to me as I lie here suffering an attack of viral gastroenteritis, popularly known as the California crud, that we are becoming a nation of hypochondriacs.

Mind Over Miller: Remembering Dr. Wayne O. Kester

Feb 1, 2005

Dr. Miller shares his personal recollections of this important veterinary leader.

Mind Over Miller: Upon closer inspection

Jan 1, 2005

Inspector: I'm from the State of California Animal Hospital Inspection and Veterinary Staff Competence Evaluating Committee (S.C.A.H.I.V.S.C.E.C., for short), and I'm here to inspect your facility.

Mind Over Miller: You know you're getting older when...

Dec 1, 2004

As we age, we tend to be unaware of our advancing years. Even as we stiffen and suffer aches and pains, we still think of ourselves as young.


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