Treating an Upper Respiratory Infection

From the late, great 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] 

  2 comments for “Treating an Upper Respiratory Infection

  1. Soccerdoc
    April 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Love the Placebo Journal, but not very comprehensive. This is how urgent care facility treated one of my patients:
    S: 60 yo male smoker with 1 week of coughing.

    O: normal vitals with cough and wheezing.

    A: Cough
    Tobacco use

    P: services–influenza A and B testing, CXR (neg), nebulizer (albuterol-ipratropium), Rocephin in 1 glute, Decadron in other glue.

    Meds–Combivent Respimat, codeine cough med, Levaquin, prednisone, and Welbutrin

    That should do it. Got the note from them 4 weeks later.

  2. April 21, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Excellent resource, thank-you! Do you know if these treatment plans are proven by an independent self-appointed regulatory agency to improve government imposed quality standards? I sure hope so!

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