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]

Doctors Are Disrespected

Doctors’ Day was March 30th, as it is every year, and once again it went largely unnoticed.   The results of the poll below are very disturbing to me.  A sampling of over 300 doctors from around the country answered it at the entry entitled “Were You Recognized?”.  At least 40% were not!  I was…

Quote of the Week

“It cannot be too often or too forcibly brought home to us that the hope of the profession is with the men who do its daily work in general practice.” Sir William Osler, physician Editor’s note: That quote is about 100 years old and is as true today as it was then. Tweet

More Autopsies?

The American Medical News published a letter to the editor that was so weird that I have to repeat it here: Liability concerns are reflected in nation’s low autopsy rate Regarding: “Declining autopsy rates affect medicine and public health” (Article, Feb. 20): The fact that only 9% of all deaths in the U.S. were autopsied…

College Class Texting

This may blow you away so hold onto something.   A new study shows that college kids are frequently texting during class time, and that may interfere with their ability to pay attention and learn.  The study in Communication Education concluded: Students who did less texting during class also tended to be those who had more…

Students Get It

A recent survey designed to measure medical students’ perceptions of the work life of primary care physicians and of sub specialist physicians shows that they probably get it.  Overall, students’ responses to statements about primary care and subspecialist work life were……negative.  Sad but true.  They also thought: physicians spend too much time on administrative work…

The News For Obesity Gets Even Worse

The gold standard for classifying people as obese was using their BMIs or Body Mass Index.  Unfortunately, it seems that BMIs severely underestimate how fat we really are.   That’s bad.  When women in a recent study had a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, which measures body fat, muscle mass and bone density, almost half of…

Quote of the Week

“Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life – the poetry of the commonplace, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.” William Osler, from The Student Life, in Aequanimitas Tweet