Getting Real by Pat Conrad MD

In keeping with the mission statement of this blog, let us acknowledge our esteemed editor’s vision of that medicine which is “authentic”, to include the humorous aspect of the art.  I have a lot of problems with a LOT of that which passes for medicine these days, but I am truly grateful to be involved in the absolute funniest profession I could have ever known this side of a self-medicating manic standup wannabe.  An x-ray tech, himself a former EMT, shared with me a vision of truly “authentic medicine”, which I now share with you.  While I cannot attest to the actual authenticity of this picture, I can say that should anyone ask me whether or not they should go into emergency medicine, I would have but to show them this photo, and say that if you pursue this avocation, then at some point, THIS will be your patient, and these will be the distraught family members with which you have to contend.
*Editor’s note:  my favorite part, by far, is the bunny being consoled in the background. 

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 “Getting Real by Pat Conrad MD

  1. judith
    March 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    What was the complaint?

    • Pat
      March 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Don’t know, but based on the oompa loompas and the Easter Bunnies, I’m betting it involved chocolate.

  2. Diane
    March 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I think it’s sweet that you consoled the patient. Should the rest of your readers know you have a thing for umpa lumpa’s?

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