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Richard Wilson DMD
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 1A8 Philadelphia PA 19130 215-765-5281
All this knowledge we've gained is for the purpose of solving problems for the patient who stands before us. Furthermore, a human being is never a commodity. Not for any reason, not under any circumstances.
Interests: family, dentistry, environmental issues, cycling, astronomy. making a difference.
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It is high time to have a detailed discussion about dental insurance. What it is, and what it is not. In part this is to help patients who have dental insurance utilize it properly, to their best advantage. And in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Bite Point
Warning: anything and everything made up of any combination of the any of the following elements is known to the State of California to cause cancer: H - Hydrogen He - Helium Li - Lithium Be - Beryllium B -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Bite Point
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Obsidian MacAdoo is a poetess, and she wrote the terrifying yet compelling Green Cackles at Dawn. Diffusion of Innovations research informs us that far more than half of humanity is afraid of standing out. Uppermost in the minds of so... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Bite Point
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Massimo Volpedo, as we saw in the last episode, loves life and people on a breathtaking scale. Let us see what he has to say about wine. The setup: It's a bitter cold Boston evening in January, 1930. Pinky DeVroom,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Bite Point
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The only Episode thus far with a coda to its title. And why? Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Signore Massimo Volpedo: * Pinky entered, hat in hand, and nodded to Mrs. Dalton. He was vaguely conscious that he was throttling the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Bite Point
Somewhere in all his writings Seth Godin asserted that businesses--and I assume he meant local, bespoke, non-corporate ones--have only two pathways to success: (1) Delight people, and (2) Solve their problems. The more interesting the problem, the better. In our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Bite Point
Time now to turn from the realm of industrialists and corporate capitalism to the free market's other branch, which doesn't seem to have a name but which I shall call the bespoke branch of capitalism. This is an interesting question.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Bite Point
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One more post on industrialism and then we shall leave this oft-times dark subject and move into the light. And the lighter side of Swirled All the Way to the Shrub, this engaging and thought-provoking novel that Tom Bentley and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Bite Point
In recent posts, we have been exploring the nature of industrialists. Our novel, Swirled All the Way to the Shrub, wrestles with the complex interplay between industrialism and the human beings who live in the world it shapes. Industrialist: "A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Bite Point
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The story arc and the lives of our characters in Swirled All the Way to the Shrub are forcefully impacted by industrialists. Indirectly--we don't (yet) actually meet any bona fide robber barons in the work. Their circle of influence effects... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Bite Point
Here, our enigmatic character the Gantseh Macher opens up old wounds in Unctual Natchez, our internally troubled but externally chipper friend of Pinky DeVroom's: *** But the Gantseh Macher was unperturbed. “You, as your surname suggests, sir, are of Natchez... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Bite Point
In our previous post, we discovered an extraordinary and meaningful quote on equality from Dr. Alice Hamilton. Her words form an integral part of the fabric of our novel, Swirled All the Way to the Shrub. Now, let's have a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Bite Point
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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Thus begins the second paragraph... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Bite Point
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As I write, to the hour, it will be 100 years ago that the Great War ground to an end. To me, the Great War, World War I, was the greatest calamity brought upon the human race by itself in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Bite Point
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"The researches of the late Professor W.D.Miller, published about 1880, finally gave to the world the true explanation of the process of tooth decay." "Briefly stated, Miller, as the result of a long and exhaustive experimental study of the subject,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Bite Point
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Logo of the Academy of Stomatology of Philadelphia, founded in 1894 and the oldest formal continuing education group for dentists in the nation. Our practice logo: Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Bite Point
A long time ago, future President Calvin Coolidge was riding a horse through rural Vermont with a friend. His friend, taking in the rough-hewn Yankee countryside, remarked, "See how closely they have shaved those sheep?" Coolidge replied, "At least on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Bite Point
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Recently, my partner Dr. Kuang and I attended a highly innovative lecture on periodontal treatment at Penn School of Dental Medicine. While there, we encountered this superb statue of Saint Appolonia. The sculptor was Vincenzo Luccardi. His dates were 1811-1876.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Bite Point
Sometimes I get to thinking that the entire history of industrialization is (1) saved us by and large from dying young of trauma and infection and then (2) made us ill with everything else. And then of course (3) sold... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Bite Point
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We have now seen our third patient in the past few months who has wrecked their dentition with one overwhelming specific cause--overuse of Werther's Original Hard Candies. Thus, I wish to post a warning about this product. And that warning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Bite Point
In an online public place, a prospective patient who never actually met us in person railed at us for being expensive. This particular raillery was in response to a phone conversation only, no other interaction. The person's main point was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Bite Point
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I was recently asked why I have four Microscopes; specifically, why did I purchase one extremely expensive Operating Microscope for each doctor and hygienist in the practice? I answered: There are lately many dozens of new dental technologies, all of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Bite Point
I recently met a new patient, a remarkable and engaging young woman with complex medical issues. She falls under the rubric 'disabled' from a physical definition standpoint, but there's absolutely nothing disabled about her splendid expression of the human spirit.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Bite Point
Corporate dentistry places the goal of maximizing profit far above all other goals, including that of solving oral health problems for patients. This has real-world effects on the health of those patients. It essentially works like this-- Corporate dentistry entices... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Bite Point
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As I write this post, it is the one-year anniversary since sales of marijuana for recreational use began in Washington state. In this very first year, $70 million in tax revenue has been generated statewide from marijuana sales. Marijuana dispensaries... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Bite Point