Thoughts from Dr. H. David Burstein

Then how come…

By Dr. H. David Burstein Nov. 2012 One of the great moments in Jewish life occurs at the Passover seder when the youngest child stands up and asks the question "Why is this night different from all other nights? It is not the sophistication of the question, but the...

The Energies to Move Forward

By Dr. H. David Burstein March 2012 One of the fondest memories of my grade school years was on Friday afternoons when I had five friends over to our home to play hockey in our basement. When people mention "The Original Six, my thoughts turn first to those times with...

Can We Talk

By Dr. H David Burstein February 2011 Authors Note: This article was edited by three women! In his book "What About the Big Stuff" Richard Carlson presents an imagery that life is like driving along a highway. If you want to have a safe journey, you have to know the...

To Err is Human…

By H. David Burstein January 2011 Several years ago I wrote an article entitled "The Pain in Being Comfortable. It focused on the idea that if we get too used to our comforts we may not challenge ourselves to grow. I have to come to realize that the opposite also...

You Are Lucky To Read This

By Dr. H. David Burstein December 2010 Of all the formal bits of advice I received during my dental education, maybe the most important was at a formal. During his remarks at our Graduation Ball, Dean Richard Ten Cate quoted a Buddhist proverb "You have what you want,...

Imagine Yourself as the Patient

By: Dr. H. David Burstein When first approached to write an article on dental ethics I was hesitant. Ask a specialist to discuss an aspect of their subspecialty and he/she could do it. But dental ethics? I am not an ethicist. I am not an academic. I am a wet gloved...

Start With the Man in the Mirror

David Burstein July 2010 There is a joke about a Jewish man who goes for a job as a radio announcer. When he returned home from the interview, his mother asks him if he got the job. With a disappointed look, he shakes his head. His mother then asked him "Do you know...

Ideas That Have Stuck

Dr. H. David Burstein February 2010. Several years ago I attended a lecture by Jewish educator Elliott Malamet. He stated that one of his favourite words was "disillusioned." He loved it because it meant that a person became aware that a perception had been an...

The Lessons Continue

Dr. H. David Burstein June 2009. I remember falling to my knees and starting to cry.  It was Sunday morning October 27th ,  2002.  I was just told that my sister Judy had breast cancer.  She died April 29th , 2009  in her 57th year. During her noble battle, I have...

A Time and Season

Dr. H. David Burstein October 2008. Watching the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics I remembered that Toronto had been in competition with Beijing to host the games. It was obvious to me that we could not have competed with the splendor of the event that they...





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