Washington State Health

The Washington Post did an analysis on the state of Washington that had a law guaranteeing all residents have access to private health-care insurance, regardless of their health, and requiring them to purchase coverage.  That was  in1993.  Two years later, the state legislature repealed just the mandate part.  So, in essence, this example would be a good…

Scrub Suits by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

In the last few decades surgical techniques have improved. The prevention of wound infection has been a major problem. Antibiotic usage has been ubiquitous and the emergence of resistant organisms has increased the difficulties encountered in the performance of surgery. Methicillin resistant staphylococci were among the worst of the possible infections that could be seen…

It Never Can Happen Here …Right? by Pat Conrad MD

In light of the recent brouhaha in Wisconsin, we’ve heard a lot about the appropriateness of public unions.  Some say they represent a built-in conflict of interests, and even arch-liberal FDR opposed them.  I’ve always felt a instinctive distaste for unions, but have to admit that a group of private citizens should be able to associate in…

The Next Doogie

Three cheers to Sho Yano, a 21-year-old Chicago man who began college at age 9 and medical school three years later, will  become the youngest student ever awarded an M.D. by the University of Chicago.   Hooray!  And get this.  He is going into primary care!!!!  Not.   Pediatric neurology.  Everyone knows that family medicine is a waste of talent…

THC in Babies

In a study in the journal Clinical Biochemistry, urine samples of babies that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result for THC.  These soaps are used…

Gender Pay Gap for Doctors

The title of the article states That pesky gender pay gap exists for doctors too.   Of course, this is a MSNBC site and there is a left leaning agenda.  I really try to present both political sides here at authenticmedicine.com.  You will see that I use resources from both agendas on this website.  As…

Altruism by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Altruism: A great idea and a great word. Altruism is certainly a needed basic sentiment on the part of their members, on which all religions rely. Once upon a time physicians were quite successful and could afford altruism often at considerable cost and sacrifice. In our present environment the once altruistic physician has to be…