Fun Friday: Odors

This was the genius of the Placebo Journal, a print magazine that ran from 2001 to 2011.   Something as official sounding as a medical algorithm was totally blown up into something preposterous.

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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] 

  2 comments for “Fun Friday: Odors

  1. September 8, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Re: Treatment 6
    All I want is a cabin in the middle of nowhere. And WiFi.

  2. Steve O'
    September 8, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I’ve been noodling around for some time, seeking clinic-appropriate fragrances like a daytime cologne. Any scent worn in the clinic should of course be principally a skin scent, defined by perfumeshrine as “A fragrance that projects at such a low pitch that it melds with your natural smell and stays very close, so that only someone hugging you would be able to detect it.”
    I have yet to have been outed as a scentbearer in the clinic, although I have my share of patients with Omnifragrance Rage Disorder. When I’m conducting my permissible 20 second examinations, it’s nice to send off a sense of “Fresh!” rather than “Sweating doctor.”
    Vetiver (1961) by Guerlain deserves mention. Not only does it have a smooth, somewhat soapy clean scent, but it has on several occasions projected a stank-wall against olfactory horrors. It is gentle, and somewhat old-fashioned in its character.
    When one of my overripe patients finished up, the nurse and clinic coordinator rushed in with sprays and bleach wipes. I was mildly puzzled. They asked me if I could smell “that smell.” I demurred, surprised. Although Mr. L_ traditionally lingers in the air for several minutes after he leaves, I noted nothing. No masking scent – just nothing in particular.
    Duel (2003) by Annick Goutal is quite understated, with a fresh tea scent, but doesn’t do much for building a scentwall.
    Does anyone else keep a stable of Doctor’s Secret Scents for clinic?

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