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…

More AWAC

There is a new app out there that really should make doctors go “are your kidding me”?   When patients with depression withdraw from their activities of life, their cellphone “can now track how often they send text messages and place calls, and how often they move and where they go. If their habits and…

Shift Happens. Not

The article in the Wall Street Journal was called Medical Shift Fails to Cut Hospital Infections and once again it should be the smoking gun telling us not to turn to P4P/Quality Indicators.   For those who can’t read the article, here is a snippet: A high-profile Medicare policy that sought to reduce certain hospital-acquired…

Quote of the Week

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel Tweet0

Lo and Behold

The HPV vaccines do NOT promote teen sex.  That is what a recent study showed.   Why was good money used to pay for a study like this?  I have no freaking idea.   We finally have a good product that prevents cervical cancer and somehow it was made evil.   Really?   Hopefully this…