Quote of the Week

I think that people are people and all of us want to feel appreciated.   This goes beyond the point I was making about doctors being disrespected.   This is not about superficial ego crap.  Forget the fact that the unholy matrimony between doctors and hospitals (who employ them) is a terrible thing for the healthcare system.  We, me included, jumped into bed with them and now suffer the consequences for it.   That is why 40% of us were forgotten on Doctors’ Day.   It is sad but the truth is that we need to take care of this ourselves.  I  think that doctors need to appreciate each other, their staffs and their families a lot more.  In that light, here is a quote, first seen in a Dale Carnegie book:

 I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer not neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. 

Douglas Farrago MD

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] 

  2 comments for “Quote of the Week

  1. John Parkin
    April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

    My parents gave me a very special hand drawn calligraph of this quote upon graduation from med school many years ago. The quote was attributed to Stephen Grellet and hangs in my office. John Parkin M.D.

  2. April 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

    You’ve put a very good issue on the table few people talk about. The politicization of medicine by big business and the government has made it very difficult for physicians to really support other physicians if they are part of the machine.

    One of the consequences of the “unholy matrimony between doctors and hospitals” is doctors eating other doctors. There. I’ve said it. It’s real. It’s tragic. And it probably has more to do with the demise of good health care in this country than any other factor.

    If physicians are really going to appreciate each other, they will need to figure out how to get off the political steamroller and survive the exit.

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