Quote of the Week

To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.

Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887, American Politician

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. big picture doc
    July 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    So agree that the system is abused, both govt and private workman’s comp. Even beyond that, some patients have a psychologic need to have an illness.
    A local physician who did complimentary medicine told the following story:
    She had two patients with Lupus and one was doing well and the other was not. She pulled into the parking lot one day, and met up with the patient who was not doing well. The license plate on her car said “LUPUS”. Turns out she had become her disease.

  2. Dr. Tracy M. Baker
    July 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Great quote! It is sooooo true! So many of my patients GLORY in their infirmaties. Which is so weird(i before e except after c-weird, huh?). Part of it is caused by our government. Many of these people glory in their infirmaties because they want a handout from the government via Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security. Some want a handout from Workman’s Comp. I had one patient with a Workman’s Comp. injury who also had diabetes. When I told him some exercise would improve his out of control diabetes, he replied “If I do that, I will lose about $600,000 I’m supposed to get from Workman’s Comp.” Clearly he was more interested in robbing Work Comp. than in being healthy. Few are so bold to say that, but many have the same attitude I can tell. On the opposite end of the problem, I just saw a 90 year old who is healthier than most of my 40-50 year old patients. Mentally sharp, too. What is her secret? She says she has worked hard all of her life, never smoked and never drank alcohol.


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