Quote of the Week: Ayn Rand


“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

Ayn Rand

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 “Quote of the Week: Ayn Rand

  1. Steve O'
    March 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    American Retail Medicine will continue its race to the bottom until it discovers the correct Quality Measurement Device – the doctor’s lunch room. Watch the dugout and the locker room and the bench in sports. A bunch of like-minded, self-trained and watchful colleagues cheer and jump up and down like little kids when a team member excels. Nobody has to explain quality measures to them – throwing a one-hitter or hitting a home run needs no Quality Equivalent Rating. Nobody asks them if they put away their bat correctly after knocking one into the stratosphere. They know what trivia is, and ignore it. When medicine starts counting “HOOYAH!!” as a quality measure, perhaps it can recover.

  2. Steve O'
    March 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Rand, she’s been misunderstood by fans and enemies alike.
    A patient said to me appreciatively a few weeks ago, “You saved my life.”
    I didn’t know what to say for a few seconds. “Yes, I did.”
    “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Very understated.
    I felt f’ing awesome!!
    I slayed the beast and saved the maiden. Hooyah!
    Morality – is simply whether you use that desire and force to degrade and belittle other humans, or whether you turn the force towards achievement, and kicking the ass of the challenge.
    In modern culture, you dare not say – “I am a f’ing AWESOME physician!” That will be punished. That is the only moral law we have left in existence – do not respect yourself.
    Mind you – it was my colleagues who told my patient, “Say, you know, you could have died if Dr. Steve had not made that diagnosis.” It wasn’t me tooting my own horn. It was others telling the truth.
    And I shamelessly wallow in my own awesomeness when I score a goal like that. It wasn’t a routine doctor-doing-his-job thing. It was the summit of a life of careful learning, dedicated practice, and daily hard work in the clinic, that has built me up to make calls like this.
    Morality – is not the arrogant concept that I am, in my own existence, awesome – no matter what I do. That is narcissism.
    The height of morality is when we excel, and exult in doing so. That is the pinnacle of humanity. That is Michelangelo and Beethoven. And in medicine, another person gets helped, too.
    No matter how rotten Industrial Medicine gets, those individual victories can still happen, until the last doctor is crushed.

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