Crappy Doctors


My friend Val Jones MD put this on her blog and then on another site.  It is making the rounds for good reason.  It portrays this one gastroenterologist as the complete douche that he is.  I saw a lot of these doctors in medical school, residency and even early in my career.  Thankfully, most are gone.  Some, though, are still around.  They were either born as douchebags or nurtured into becoming a douchebag by the system or specialty but it doesn’t matter.  A douchebag is still a douchebag.   This line captures it all:

I persist in my attempts to understand the details, to which he shouts “Shut up and listen” with increasing decibels.

So though I am very protective of doctors on this site it doesn’t mean I think all are perfect.  Does this guy need to be reported to the state board?  Not for being a douche.  He just needs for patients to let it be known that they will not see him.  The word will get around and he will suffer that way. Capitalism can work.

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 “Crappy Doctors

  1. Vardoc
    August 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

    My hospital issues comment cards to patients as a quality metric. One way to weed out bad apples, or at least sanction them for unprofessional or otherwise rude behavior.

  2. Steve O'
    August 14, 2015 at 9:03 am

    In the world in general, the character of every community can be viewed in terms of how the community rejects the rude and sociopathic, and how it supports the respectful, mannered and kind.
    It is no surprise that the meat-processing system that stamps potential medical students as “Prime” is based on the same slashing, competitive myth that the rest of society condones, from pre-school T-ball to the MBA. A*holes win, and you don’t have to go into a clinic to see the most egregious examples. Our movies, songs and online entertainment are directed towards aggression and the relief of frustration. From the city bus to the DMV, we live in a world that tolerates the hostile and abusive. Sometimes a colonoscopy is merely a long tube with an A-hole on each end. We reap what we sow.

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