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Truth in Advertising

Maybe it was the billboard that had a picture of a woman in a white coat saying that this “doctor does house calls” (she had a doctorate in nursing)?  Maybe it was all those chiropractors offering services they are not qualified to give?  Who knows?   But finally the AMA is trying to fight back.…

The Real EMR Problems

There was a nice piece by a Dr. Anne Marie Valinoti in the WSJ recently.  She is an internist and the title of her commentary was Physician, Steel Thyself for Electronic Records.  Many of you may not be able to read the whole article (need a WSJ subscription) so here are some highlights: As stipulated…

CF is Catchy

Here is an article sent to me by one of our readers.  As he says: In case you didn’t hear of the boy who is a CF carrier being forced to change schools to protect kids with CF because his school district has complete lack of brain cells.   This is human stupidity in action…

McGovernment

Ah, you thought this would somehow be about McDonalds, huh?  Nope.   Instead, it is about the late George McGovern.   Forget the fact that his committee in the ’70s launched the whole anti-fat scare in which he claimed caused obesity and cancer.  That was never proven and has caused a parade of other major…

Quote of the Week

  “…you could, in time, develop into the flower of our calling–the cultivated general practitioner. May this be the destiny of a large majority of you! Have no higher ambition! You cannot reach any better position in a community; the family doctor is the man behind the gun, who does our effective work. That his…

Ridiculous Study

Here is another example where common sense could have saved a lot of time and effort.  A New England Journal of Medicine study concluded that the majority of terminal cancer patients believe that chemo will save them.   This article talks about the “shocking” discovery but isn’t this just human nature?  To believe and hope?…

Whose Skill? by Pat Conrad MD

Last week I was visiting my dad, and he wanted to show me a new gadget.  An ophthalmologist for over four decades and still a practicing surgeon, the old man likes to keep up; his new thing-a-ma-bob is a 3D ultra high speed ocular ultrasound that takes about 70,000 images in 3 sec and compresses them for…