Osler Inspiration

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I read a nice commentary in The Consultant magazine on William Osler MD.  It is called the Inspirational Teacher and can be found here.  There were some other nice nuggets in the piece so I highly recommend you take a look at it.  It may change you just a little but unfortunately, it won’t last long in this system.  What would Osler say if he was alive today?  Here are some quotes I think he would proclaim:

  1. What is an insurance company and why are they telling me what the f&ck to do?
  2. Listen to the patient, he is telling you the diagnosis, and that is why I hate the God damn internet.

Give me some of your examples!

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] 

  4 comments for “Osler Inspiration

  1. Mel B
    November 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Medicare is the old man’s friend. Obamacare is pneumonia
    A lumpy spleen is a prior authorization
    If you hear hoofbeats in the street don’t think of WebMD
    A copay a day is the American way

  2. Gary Gaddis
    November 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Why would you think you have wasted my time?
    When you came in to our Emergency Department, you were afraid you had a life-threatening condition.
    I have evaluated you, and I can confidently tell you that you don’t have a medical emergency today.

    I consider it a privilege to be able to confidently and correctly tell you that you don’t have a serious or emergency condition, and you don’t have to be afraid! That beats giving bad news any day!

  3. BigDaddyPath
    October 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    He would say louder than ever that “longevity is a vascular question.” I don’t know when he origninally said this, but it was way way before cardiovascular disease was the #1 killer on the planet. Very prescient observation, courtesy of autospy study, no doubt.

  4. DrHockey
    October 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    What do you mean you’ve worked 12 hours and by law have to go to sleep, we’ve just cross-clamped this ruptured aorta!

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