RIP Larry Weed MD

If you haven’t heard of Larry Weed MD then you don’t know SOAP.  Yup, he invented the SOAP note.  A brilliant guy. If you want more of his story then read this.  He really changed the game and for the better.  Sorry, for the crude joke but that is what we do here and we don’t want Gomerblog doing it first.

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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] 

  11 comments for “RIP Larry Weed MD

  1. Pat
    June 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

    His minimalist, factual approach was based on the expectation that the physician was interested in providing good care.

    The current mess is based on distrusting the doctor, and the need for him to prove every damn little thing.

  2. Michael Garrett MD
    June 22, 2017 at 12:30 am

    A: changed the world for the better
    Plan: Rest In Peace

  3. Kurt
    June 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    To bad the ER’s and hospitalists don’t want to use it anymore. They start with the diagnosis
    and then use such a disjointed note, I can’t follow how the hell they arrived at what the patient
    had. Some ivory tower B**t**ds had to change a logical method in order to follow the “publish or
    perish” paradigm.

    • Bo Kopynec
      June 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Hey, APSO is actually not all that bad, and I see it as the logical progression of SOAP – given the ever shrinking amount of time which we actually have in which to interact with our patients, it helps to be presented with the main course up front. If we have time, we can later dig into the appetizer and dessert. So much of ROS/HPI & PE has turned into an E&M based clickf**k to please the insurance companies that digging through the data to find clinically useful information is a tedious and often unrewarding endeavor. Let’s spend more time with our patients, record what is necessary to insure that we and our colleagues can be on the right track and the same page, and the care that we provide will be the better for it. I think that Dr. Weed would have approved.

  4. Bruce B Bonanno
    June 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Didn’t have a very long life……2002-2017!!!

    • Doug Farrago
      June 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      corrected now

  5. Judy
    June 21, 2017 at 10:25 am

    minor adjustment: after A/P: dead you should add R.I.P.

  6. Aaron M. Levine, MD
    June 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    His system came out when I was a surgery resident in 1971. It was called the Weed System at the time. The surgery department and my ortho residency program objected to its use, while the medicine department wanted it used by everyone.

  7. Stephen Rockower
    June 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

    He has a condition we orthopaedists have never seen: asystole….

    • Steve O'
      June 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Under ICD-10 “Failure to live.”

    • Mike Ciampi
      June 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      A buddy of mine is an ortho. Before EMRs came out, I offered to get him a charting tool: a rubber stamp that said,”Bone Broke. Me Fix!” He thought it was a great idea.

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