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.

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…

Disposable, Replaceable Doctors

Certainly, none of us are surprised by this, are we?  While health care CEO’s hide in their well-stocked bunkers  the same people who always do the work, put up with annually added, idiotic mandates and constraints on their abilities, show up…and do all the work again.   Most ER’s are staffed by companies that contract with hospitals,…

Nothing New Here

Some stories, like this one, are tricky.  From every level of government to every single media outlet (no exceptions), to talk shows and social media, AND from medicine in general, we live in a time of unparalleled emotional manipulation, which I find generally contemptible.  This is why I don’t want to rush in and embrace the easy…

The Joy of Nonessentials

“We’re all in this together.”  Oh, how I have come to hate this phrase, which is less an expression of communal goodwill than a euphemism for “we get to take your stuff and tell you what to do.”  Arizona’s two major health systems, Banner Health and Dignity Health, are putting this into practice with the very folks we…

I Am Angry!

This will let me in for some criticism, so too bad.  I am angry, very damn angry over our response to the Corona/Wuhan/Covid-19 virus.   On 9/11/01, when I saw that the second tower had been hit, my first thought upon realizing this was an attack, was that the power and reach of the federal government would…

A Great Opportunity to Be a Direct Primary Care Patient

You have a dry cough, maybe a little fever during the night.  Were those muscle aches?  Your throat feels fine, but now there’s a slight headache.  You could go to work but would be happy to stay in bed. You’re a conscientious employee with a bale of sick days saved up, so you burn one, pour some coffee, and…

All Hail The Consumer

While I can’t deny the sleaze factor of our next story, I’ve got to admire the entrepreneurial spirit therein.  There is real adaptability in combining tech with a remarkable lack of ethics or even standards and applying it to the I-want-it-now retail mindset.   A nurse of (charitably) dubious qualification has used Google to establish a bunch of…

Fashion

So far as I know, the infernal USMLE is still in force, which means medical students have a ton of junk to stuff into their brains long enough to vomit it back on to the test in hopes of doing well enough to pass, and maybe surpass their colleagues.   But no, enter Jennifer Talbott, a…