Malcolm Gladwell on Healthcare


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] 

  1 comment for “Malcolm Gladwell on Healthcare

  1. Steve O'
    July 25, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I made it to 2:29 waiting for a point to be made. It is the same point that is in Plato’s Republic, modernized:
    Those with much power and of low character do not use it wisely.
    Those with little power and of the highest character understand how to use power wisely.
    Therefore, the former SHOULD freely give their power to the latter, for the good of the whole.
    Persons like me, having enough insight to rediscover this ancient maxim are both wise and of good character, should be the recipients of more power.

    Ayn Rand pithily summarized this as “Buddy, can ya spare a dime?” She was shamefully blunt; her first language was Slavic, which tends to give much affection to plain talk, by my experience.

    The updated translation includes:
    Non-human ENTITIES – governments, boards, commissions, corporations – are persons, and by their nature are wiser and more sensible persons than the squishy kind of person.
    “Money” means “power.”
    “Freedom of speech” means “duty to listen to talk about political matters.”

    If there is more, let me know. I have to ice down my head now.

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