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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

3 comments on “Vertical vs Lateral Thinking in Healthcare

  • I look on lateral, combined with vertical, thinking as just proper thinking. Louis Armstrong said: “There are two kinds of music…..I play the good kind.” Combining lateral and vertical thinking is proper thinking.

    In order to cut costs and improve treatment let’s look at what doesn’t work and then at what does.

    Fee-for service medicine has, in many cases, caused unnecessary procedures and huge amounts of money wasted.

    The Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic are examples of what works and, thus, are a good starting point.

    Jon Jacobs
    Amateur Philosopher and R.N.
    Cambridge Maryland

  • Lateral thinking in medicine is very rare and doctors are progressively vertical thinkers. In fact medicine needs people like you who think laterally and out of the box. The vertical thinking trait of a medical student is often suppressed as he/she becomes a doctor. I appreciate your article and efforts on lateral thinking. I have made some attempts on lateral thinking and it was published as an e book ,”Eye doctor out of the box ” ISBN 9781301878284. through smashwords.

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