Pat Conrad MD

Pat Conrad is a full-time rural ER doc on the Florida Gulf Coast. After serving as a carrier naval flight officer, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Tallahassee Family Medicine residency program. His commentary has appeared in Medical Economics and at AuthenticMedicine.com . Conrad’s work stresses individual freedom and autonomy as the crucial foundation for medical excellence, is wary of all collective solutions, and recognizes that the vast majority of poisonous snakebites are concurrent with alcohol consumption.

Don’t Trust Us

Recently, I may have expressed a little skepticism toward public health experts telling us what we should or shouldn’t, could or couldn’t do.  Medicine is so infused and shot through with political agendas that it is almost impossible to separate the two.  In fact, it no longer is. When a public health “expert”, be it an actual physician, an…

As Stupid As It Looks

Is there no end to this lunacy?  I thought we dealt with this some weeks ago, but noooo, there are still those out there waiting to see whether enough moronic suggestions transmitted into rational brains can coalesce into a focused beam and make them explode.  And can there be no ending to the devastation wrought by Harvard University?  When…

E-Prescribing Adding to the Squeeze

Hoping to find some (ahem) non-viral news, I wandered over to see our old pals at Medical Economics.  They have a kinda funny slide show about wondering whether office-based physicians are using electronic prescribing for controlled substances.   The slideshow says that one-third of docs with EHR’s are electronically prescribing the good stuff.  “Physician practices that were…

Max Brooks and the Tenth Man

If you have not read it, I highly recommend adding Max Brook’s 2006 title World War Z to your summer reads (and if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t – it is wretched by any standard, and a complete misrepresentation of the title).  The book is a series of interviews done by a journalist ten years after the…

The Self-Harm Continues

Things are starting to pick back up at our small-town hospitals down south, but we aren’t back to normal numbers yet.  If you saw the sudden evaporation of demand for non-Covid-19 emergency and urgent care, then have a cookie, but it surprised the rest of us.  We have had patients with acute coronary syndromes and intra-cerebral hemorrhages…

From Russia With Shove

“Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.”                                  – Joseph Stalin  “The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.”                                                                                          – Elena Gorokhova This is so stereotypical a story, considering the backdrop,…

Listen to the Experts

One of the fascinating, surprising (to me, at any rate) aspects of medicine is just how many people hold strong opinions about its practice, unconstrained by any formal education or training.   Noted medical expert Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo railed against “’out of touch’ television doctors spreading controversial opinions in regards to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The old white…

Minority Retort

“We had imagined the technology being used in a future relief expedition to some far-away place. Now, shockingly, we see a need for its use in our everyday lives immediately.”   This well-intentioned enthusiasm from Dr. Javaan Chahl  defense science and technology chair at the University of South Australia, represents another threat to the practice of medicine…

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

Turn the lights down low, screw the cap off the bottle of red, and put on some Barry White…yeaaahh… smooth… Or does that make you a potential killer?  Some junior writer or incredibly subtle satirist addressed the concerns of an increasingly moronic public appetite, answering the burning question “Is it safe to have sex during…

“With” vs. “Of”

Rarely do I ever argue outright with a specialist or a surgeon.  The reason is simply, that they usually know more about the given problem for which I have consulted them than I do.  For instance, I’m not an epidemiologist and would by habit defer to them on questions of pandemics. And then I read “The federal…