Upper Respiratory Infection Algorithm

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Throwback to the Placebo Journal

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] 

  7 comments for “Upper Respiratory Infection Algorithm

  1. Dr Thomas D Guastavino
    July 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

    You forgot to add: “Are you at risk for poor patient satisfaction survey review” If Yes, Give antibiotics.

    • Doug Farrago
      July 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Ha. What is even funnier is that algorithm was done about 10 years ago BEFORE the bullshit patient satisfaction surveys.

  2. DrWally
    June 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Loved it then, and I love it now…
    2 of your posters are still hanging in my office also. Your humor is always based in truth.

    • Doug Farrago
      June 27, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you!!

  3. Doug Farrago
    June 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I am still honored that people like it.

  4. DrHockey
    June 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

    No doubt about it. The Placebo Journal was the best “peer review” journal ever. The articles were all absolute truths, never changed by any subsequent study or proven incorrect.

  5. Sir Lance-a-lot
    June 27, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I’ve had this one on the office wall for years, Doug.

    A classic of medical science!

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