Physicians by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Not too many years ago the attraction of medicine as a profession was tremendous. There continues to be considerable attraction but compared to the past it has shrunk considerably. The reason for this is not entirely clear although the image of the physician as depicted pictorially tends to reflect how the medical profession is viewed. Once upon a time the physician pictured holding his bag on his away to see a patient portrayed the physician as an independent professional as did the picture of a concerned physician sitting at a bedside attending a patient.  This image has generally been replaced by a professional who is part of an organization with a specific function, dressed in appropriate “scrubs” and not one of the people who make any major decisions. 

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] 

  3 comments for “Physicians by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

  1. Vance
    June 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Agreed, but what does what we wear have to do with the way a doctor is envisioned compared to the good ol’ days? Scrubs are washed daily. White coats were washed once or twice a year, if you’re lucky. Ties? Never.

  2. Pat
    June 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    That’s why I like to think of hospitals as “health care factories.”

  3. June 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I am old enough that this brought a small tear to my eye. I am not unhappy my children, all with or enrolled for advanced degrees, chose other professional fields.

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