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AMA Prez Says “Welcome Linchpins!” by Pat Conrad MD

Finally, some leadership at the AMA!  Too often, I’ve been forced to criticize the AMA for its subservience to big government, and its heavy-handed, tone-deaf way of dealing with average physicians.  Too much regulation?  We’ll sell more ICD/CPT codebooks.  Not getting paid enough?  We’ll write another strongly worded letter to Congress, asking if we could…

Giving Up

I recently found this cool piece on a blog called doceatdoc.com.  This article entitled 10 things you need to give up to become a doctor is pretty spot on.   Here they are: 1. Your desire to be wealthy Very few people in medicine ever become hugely wealthy, at least not in Europe. If riches…

W’s Stent

This is a really great opinion piece in the Washington Post from a physician, Vinay Prasad MD.  He talks about how George W. Bush recently received a  stent in his heart without any history of having symptoms.  If W. was a regular citizen, he would not even have been given a cardiac test to check…

Healthcare, a Team Sport, Until The Lawsuit Happens

Everyone jumped on the Accountable Care Organization bandwagon.  It sounded so nice.  Healthcare teams roaming around, working together, making more money for themselves, saving money for the system, and getting better outcomes.  All run by the doctor, who acts as the captain.  I will let you poke holes in this fantasy but for now, let’s…

Gupta Gets Positive On Weed

Sanjay Gutpa MD, from CNN, has come out on the side of medical marijuana.   To him, that is a big deal.  Here is a snippet of what he said: I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries…

RIP Dr. Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

For many, many years I have been publishing the wise words of Dr. Ted Bacharach.  He first found me through the Placebo Journal and then I met him in California when I did a presentation for his medical group.  What a great guy.  His writings defined Authentic Medicine and no matter how simple or long they would be,…