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Webmaster: The articles listed below were written by Dr. Peter Carl Graffagnino, my father, from 1962 to 1981. All articles were published in the Bulletin of the Muscogee County (Georgia) Medical Society, either as editorials, or in his column titled "The Doctor's Lounge". He was the editor of that journal during those twenty years, and "The Doctor's Lounge" was his soap box.

Dad was born in New Orleans, February 14, 1916, and had a successful career as a doctor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was known as "Carl" only to his family of origin in New Orleans; to his wife and all of his many friends he was just "Graff" - "Doctor Graff" to his patients and medical associates. Two of us were privileged to call him just "Dad."

Both my brother and I were born in New Orleans, but grew up in Columbus, Georgia, where the family moved in 1950.

Dad wrote on many subjects.

His favorites seemed to be politics, the state of the medical profession, the threat of social change on the society, the country and the world at the time, and his wartime experiences as a medical officer during the allied invasion of Italy in World War II, his capture by the Germans following the landing at Anzio, and his year long confinement in various German Prisoner of War camps. His wartime experiences are something he never talked much about at home; most of what I know about his experiences come from the articles outlined below.

Dad died in January of 1984.

The idea of publishing his writings has come up a number of times over the years. This is my attempt to make his efforts available to those who have expressed a desire to see the articles in print. My sincere thanks to Ms. Barbara Dent, whose work with the scanner has made these web pages a possibility.

Bob Graffagnino, April 2002
Columbus, Ohio

Comments welcome: Webmaster@Graffagnino.com


--- 93 of 345 articles now available online ---
Wartime Experience

Medicine and the Evils of Modernization, Rising Costs, and Social Change

  • Medical Bargain [Mar 1962]
  • Mr. Fuoss and the Doctors [Apr 1962]
  • Tender Toes [May 1962]
  • Be Prepared [May 1962]
  • Over-Matched [Jun 1962]
  • Off Duty [Jun 1962]
  • Recommended Reading [Sep 1962]
  • Compound Complex [Oct 1962]
  • Specialization [Nov 1962]
  • Witch-Doctors and Head-Shrinkers [Jan 1963]
  • Uteri and Mental Illness [Feb 1963]
  • Ultimate Frontier [Feb 1963]
  • Senior Citizens [Mar 1963]
  • Plain Talk [Jun 1963]
  • Mental Numbness [Jan 1964]
  • Socialized Medicine: A Message From Britain [Feb 1964]
  • Good Training [Mar 1964]
  • Cost and Medical Care [Apr 1964]
  • Too Late For Leadership [Jun 1964]
  • Visit to Rochester [Jul 1964]
  • Salesmanship and the Doctor [Sep 1964]
  • Electronic Wizardry [Oct 1964]
  • Medicine and Politics: Outlook in '65 [Jan 1965]
  • On Setting Clocks [May 1965]
  • Out Of Pocket [Aug 1965]
  • Second Look At Psychiatry And Mental Health [Mar 1966]
  • Projected Disaster [Apr 1966]
  • Medical Center, St. Francis, HEW and Integration [Jul 1966]
  • Joys of Urban Medicine [Aug 1966]
  • Snow Jobs And Snowballs [Oct 1966]
  • Medical Assistants [Dec 1966]
  • Right to Health [Mar 1967]
  • Medicine, Evolution and Social Change [May 1967]
  • Correspondence with a Medicare Computer [Aug 1967]
  • Number One Psychoneurotic [Jan 1968]
  • Guy's Hospital [Jan 1968]
  • Affair of Hearts [Feb 1968]
  • Cost and Medical Care II [Nov 1968]
  • Something to Look Forward To [Apr 1969]
  • Occam's Razor [Nov 1972]
  • Year for Bleeding Hearts and Rx for Medical Care [Jan 1973]
  • Informed Consent [May 1975]
  • To Smoke or Not to Smoke [Apr 1976]
  • San Francisco [Jun 1976]
  • Social Scientists [Sep 1976]
  • Wobbles and Boggles [Feb 1977]
  • Solving the Health Problem [May 1977]
  • Myth Of Prevention [May 1978]
  • Health And Smoking [Feb 1979]
  • Premun Non Nocere [Aug 1979]
  • Do It Yourself [Apr 19??]
  • Research Medicine (Wing and a Prayer Variety) [Apr 19??]

Humor, Satire, and Downright Outrageous Lampoon

  • Who's Got Whom [Nov 1962]
  • Recognition At Last [Nov 1962]
  • Story of the Year [Jan 1963]
  • Adultery, Fish 'n Slips Variety [Dec 1963]
  • Respectability Comes With Age [Jun 1964]
  • Advice to Landlords [Jun 1964]
  • Story of the Month [Aug 1964]
  • Letters to the Bulletin [Jun 1965]
  • So Ended [May 1966]
  • Humor in Moderation [Dec 1966]
  • When Not to Hold a Skeet School [May 1968]
  • Welcome to the Seventies [Jan 1970]
  • Olden Golden Days [Mar 1974]
  • Rabbits and Presidents [Oct 1979]
  • More Ben Casey [Mar 1962]
  • Who Dumped the Flouride in Mrs. Feeny's Eggnog [Dec 1962]
  • Mrs. Feeney [Dec 1963]
  • Mrs. Feeney on the Couch {May 1964]
  • Fountains for the Mountain [Jul 1964]

Nostalgia, Thoroughbred Horses, Travel, and Family Matters

  • To the Moon and Back [Oct 1963]
  • Agitation and Cruise Ships [Jun 1965]
  • Turn Back the Clock [May 1972]
  • Captain Bob's Academy [Mar 1975]
  • Nostalgia and New Orleans in the Twenties [Jun 1977]
  • Baseball the Old Days [Jul 1977]
  • Growing Up In New Orleans [Jan 1979]
  • New Orleans in the Thirties [Jun 1979]
  • Model T, Uncle Louie, and E. B. White [Mar 1980]
  • Thoroughbreds and Horse Medicine [Jun 1963]
  • Oh Susan's Boys [Jun 1964]
  • How to Sell a Horse [Sep 1965]

Politics: View from the Right

  • Sieg Heil [Jul 1962]
  • Lesson in Leadership [Jul 1962]
  • We're Ready for the Kickoff: Railbirds, Arise [Sep 1962]
  • Good Move [Oct 1962]
  • High Pressure Integrity [Mar 1963]
  • Kennedy, Goldwater, Democrats and '64 [Nov 1963]
  • Which Deal in '65 [Mar 1964]
  • Political Scene 1964 [Aug 1964]
  • More Politics [Sep 1964]
  • Coming Election [Oct 1964]
  • Choice and Its Echo [Nov 1964]
  • Politics Not Quite As Usual [Nov 1966]
  • Instant Greatness [Feb 1967]
  • 1968 Year of Change [Jan 1968]
  • Fuel for Fires [Apr 1968]
  • Image Makers Back At Work [May 1968]
  • Looking For Leadership [Sep 1968]
  • Convention Reflections [Sep 1968]
  • Good Luck Mr. Nixon [Dec 1968]
  • Last Kennedy [Sep 1969]
  • Lesson in Poll Taking [Sep 1969]
  • Health and the Nursemaid State [Feb 1971]
  • Presidents, Viet Nam and the New York Times [Aug 1971]
  • Brown Shirts Are Coming? [Aug 1972]
  • President Nixon's Deficiencies [Dec 1972]
  • Identifying the Nitty Gritty [Feb 1973]
  • That Brutal Tuskeegee Experiment [Mar 1973]
  • President Haters [Jun 1973]
  • Tuskeegee Study Story (continued) [Jul 1973]
  • Little, Brittle Feet of Clay [Nov 1973]
  • Watergate: Turning Point [Jun 1974]
  • Thoughts About Panama and World History [Aug 1974]
  • Watergate's Welcome Aftermath [Sep 1974]
  • New Year, Something to Hope For [Jan 1975]
  • Bicentenniel, Time for Political Change? [Jun 1975]
  • Twilight Times [Dec 1975]
  • Kennedy Nostalgia (reprint Mar 1963) [Mar 1976]
  • Our Man, Jimmy [May 1976]
  • Our Next President [Jul 1976]
  • Democratic Convention, Nostalgia and a Vote for Lindy [Aug 1976]
  • A New Year, a New President [Jan 1977]
  • Carter and the First Hundred Days [May 1977]
  • Protecting the Public [Dec 1977]
  • Homo Impoliticus [Mar 1978]
  • President Carter's Health Plan [Sep 1978]
  • Carter Country Crystal Ball [Aug 1979]
  • A Bridge Too Much? [Dec 1979]
  • President, the Shah, and the Ironies of Iran [Apr 1980]
  • Uncle Walter and the Hostages [May 1980]
  • August Carnival [Sep 1980]
  • Goodbye to Jimmy [Nov 1980]
  • Second Guessing the Pundits [Dec 1980]
  • Clouded Future [Feb 1981]
  • Fading Liberals [Sep 1981]

Modern Times - Current Events

  • Speaking of Medical Bargains [Apr 1962]
  • No Visitors [May 1962]
  • Boo Boo [May 1962]
  • Traveling Man [May 1962]
  • Football Weather [Sep 1962]
  • All-American Insanity [Oct 1962]
  • Over Ruled [Nov 1962]
  • Old Broom [Jan 1963]
  • More Flouridation [Jan 1963]
  • Requiem for Fluoridation [Feb 1963]
  • Marriage, Divorce and Bankruptcy [Feb 1963]
  • VA Benefits [Feb 1963]
  • Sing Along with Syph [Mar 1963]
  • Flouride Intelligence [Mar 1963]
  • Modern Mathematics [Mar 1963]
  • Spring Athletics and Education [Apr 1963]
  • Eat Up and Live [Apr 1963]
  • New Orleans Trip [Apr 1963]
  • April Reflections: Taxes and Expense Accounts [Apr 1963]
  • Nothing Like It [Jun 1963]
  • Moon Madness [Jul 1963]
  • Opinion from Macon [Jul 1963]
  • Companionship in the Fading Image Department [Aug 1963]
  • Let's Go Mets! [Aug 1963]
  • Tops [Aug 1963]
  • Lifting the Cloud [Sep 1963]
  • Negro Problem and Civil Rights [Oct 1963]
  • Climate of Violence [Dec 1963]
  • Physical Fitness in the Modern Age [Jan 1964]
  • Name Change [Jan 1964]
  • Education in Georgia: Onward and Upward [Mar 1964]
  • Touchous Subject [Apr 1964]
  • Vote for Electronics [Jul 1964]
  • Holiday Blues [Jan 1965]
  • To See Ourselves [Feb 1965]
  • Analysing the Vote [Feb 1965]
  • Mixed Drinking, Religion and Politics [Apr 1965]
  • Effects Of Drink [May 1965]
  • Essence of Manhood [Jul 1965]
  • McGill and Conservatism [Sep 1965]
  • Underprivileged Child: Arthur Schlesinger [Sep 1965]
  • Finger Pointers [Oct 1965]
  • Lying Figures [Nov 1965]
  • Happy Grapefruit to You [Jan 1966]
  • Next Chapter: The Post And The AMA [Feb 1966]
  • Intellectual One World [Apr 1966]
  • Hospitals and Integration [May 1966]
  • Letter [Dec 1966]
  • Music To Dance By [Feb 1967]
  • Mortality Statistics [Jul 1967]
  • Television and the News [Sep 1967]
  • Department of No Comment [Jan 1969]
  • Red, White and Maddox [Jan 1969]
  • Meddlesome Society [Aug 1969]
  • Sex Education Controversy [Oct 1969]
  • Telling It Like It Is About Doing One's Thing [Nov 1969]
  • Prudent Road to Health [Dec 1969]
  • Mr. Agnew and the Commentators [Feb 1970]
  • Decline of Motherhood: Polls, Politicians and Abortion [Mar 1970]
  • Abortions Unlimited [Apr 1970]
  • Do You Suffer from Gaposis? [Jun 1970]
  • Rock Festival Blues [Aug 1970]
  • Student Activists and the Medical Crisis [Dec 1970]
  • Why Worry? [Jan 1971]
  • Four Letter Phonies [Apr 1971]
  • Health Care, George Orwell and A Lesson in English [Jun 1971]
  • Day Dreams, Pipe Dreams and the Return to Simple Living [Oct 1971]
  • Barnum Underestimated [Nov 1971]
  • Time Has Come [Feb 1972]
  • In Pursuit of Total Safety [Aug 1972]
  • Great Tennis Happening [Oct 1973]
  • View From Overseas and Some Advice for the Press [Dec 1973]
  • 1974 A Good Year for Crises? [Jan 1974]
  • Kingdom, the Power and the Glory [Sep 1974]
  • End of Affluence? [Oct 1974]
  • Caution: Watching Dan Rather Could Be Hazardous to Your Health [Jan 1975]
  • Miscellaneous Ruminations [Feb 1975]
  • Abortion Problem [Apr 1975]
  • Advocacy Journalism: Coverage of America's Health Care [Jul 1975]
  • School Days, Golden Rule Days [Oct 1975]
  • Media Shangri-La [Feb 1976]
  • Road Ahead [Nov 1976]
  • Return of The Finches [Feb 1977]
  • How to Annoy the Health Crusaders [Sep 1977]
  • Johnny Can't Read: (Nor Can He Write or Speak) [Oct 1977]
  • Paris on $150.00 A Day [Nov 1977]
  • NBC Documentary [Feb 1978]
  • Solzhenitsyn And Critics [Jul 1978]
  • Continuing Education [Nov 1978]
  • Wonderful World Of Computers [Dec 1978]
  • Sophisticated Quackery [Apr 1979]
  • Nuclear Energy and the Naderite Charlatans [Jul 1979]
  • Bring on the Clowns [Aug 1980]
  • Letter from Lagos [Mar 1981]
  • Reading the Constitution - Atlanta's, That Is [May 1981]
  • Letter from Lagos II [Jun 1981]

Miscellaneous Personal Tributes, Letters, Book Reviews, and Items of Local Interest

  • New Brooms [Jan 1962]
  • Air Conditioned Hardship [Aug 1962]
  • Nuts Anyone? [Feb 1963]
  • Recommended Reading II [Mar 1963]
  • Medicine: Civilian and Military [Sep 1963]
  • Christmas Gift [Dec 1964]
  • On Medical Reading [Feb 1966]
  • 1984 Now [Aug 1966]
  • Letter from a Local Patient [Jul 1968]
  • Not Knots or Exactly Like Silk [Oct 1968]
  • Editorial Agony [Jan 1969]
  • Home to Roost [Jun 1969]
  • Editorial of Appreciation [Jan 1972]
  • August Doldrums [Aug 1973]
  • Remembering Bill Love [Nov 1981]
  • Ageless Land [Dec 1971]
  • Lonely Americans [May 1974]
  • Much To Learn [Apr 1978]
  • Mike Halberstam, Doctor [Jan 1981]
  • Our Children, Our Society, and the American Way [Nov 1976]
  • Letter from Jack Davidson [Jan 1979]
  • Welcome to the Eighties [Jan 1980]
  • Simon Says [Dec 1981]
  • Half Day in the Life Of A Surgeon
  • More Madness
  • Cost And Mental Numbness
  • Cloak of Conservatism
  • Suicide Risk
  • Groaning of America [Sep 1971]
  • Not So Good, Not So Bright [Apr 1973]
  • Twenty Years Later [Dec 1981]
  • Watch Out for Mocksakins [Oct 1964]
  • Time of Change [Jul 1963]
  • Welcome Talent [Mar 1966]
  • Unexploding Population: Local Scene [Jul 1970]
  • Editorial Anniversary [Jan 1964]
  • Fourteen Years as Bulletin Editor [Jan 1976]
  • Growth and the Medical Center [Oct 1963]
  • Establishing a Regional Center [Feb 1967]
  • New Doctors for Columbus [May 1967]
  • House Staff Problem [Jun 1967]
  • Medical School [Sep 1967]
  • Medical Center: Past and Future [Apr 1972]
  • Polk Land [Sep 1963]
  • New Medical Center: Memorial to Dr. Thrash [Jul 1965]
  • Wet As Dry [Jul 1964]
  • Help [Mar 1962]