Respect by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Long ago physicians were respected members of society. Benjamin Rush  M.D. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and did quite a few phlebotomies on George Washington (probably not too helpful). The physicians were knowledgeable but had few effective remedies and often did little good.   Over quite a few years physicians became considerably more effective.  It appears that the respect physicians are able to generate is inversely proportional to the effectiveness of their treatments. Almost all adverse outcomes seem to be blamed on the present day physician.  I suspect “malpractice” was not in the vocabulary before the last 100 years.

The more “good” physicians are able do, the more is expected of them.


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Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Respect by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

  1. Anatol Arber
    February 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Good point! But I believe , that physicians respect is inversely proportional to quantity of the doctors, not their quality.This line of thoughts become even more complicated and need to be explained why there is inverse relationship between the quality and quantity.

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