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The Next Doogie

Three cheers to Sho Yano, a 21-year-old Chicago man who began college at age 9 and medical school three years later, will  become the youngest student ever awarded an M.D. by the University of Chicago.   Hooray!  And get this.  He is going into primary care!!!!  Not.   Pediatric neurology.  Everyone knows that family medicine is a waste of talent…

THC in Babies

In a study in the journal Clinical Biochemistry, urine samples of babies that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result for THC.  These soaps are used…

Gender Pay Gap for Doctors

The title of the article states That pesky gender pay gap exists for doctors too.   Of course, this is a MSNBC site and there is a left leaning agenda.  I really try to present both political sides here at authenticmedicine.com.  You will see that I use resources from both agendas on this website.  As…

Altruism by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Altruism: A great idea and a great word. Altruism is certainly a needed basic sentiment on the part of their members, on which all religions rely. Once upon a time physicians were quite successful and could afford altruism often at considerable cost and sacrifice. In our present environment the once altruistic physician has to be…

Quote of the Week

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the…

Just a Vitamin?

You have to read this article in the NY Times about how high achieving students abuse ADD drugs.   I knew it was out there  and I know that I was worked for an Rx before by a student demanding it but I never knew it was this bad.  It turns out that Adderall ,…

Unethical Medical Student

Emily Dirr, a female medical student from Northeast Ohio Medical University, is being accused of having a phony blog for 11 years.   Well, that doesn’t sound bad, that is until you realize what she was doing.   “Using photos that she allegedly pulled off websites, Dirr recounted a tear-jerker of a story about 5-year-old Eli Dirr, his struggle with cancer and his mother’s death in a car accident on the way to the hospital in Saskatchewan where she worked.”  Unfortunately, it was all a hoax or a kind of Munchausen by Internet.    What kind of future doctor would lie, cheat, misrepresent herself, tell tall tales, and manipulate emotions all to further some personal agenda.  Looks like we have a making a future medical administrator.  Congratulation, Emily!

The Cost of Defensive Medicine

In an article I originally found in Medical Economics, Dr. Jeffrey Segal does a wonderful job explaining how defensive medicine drives up the cost of healthcare.  Segal, a neurosurgeon, is CEO of Medical Justice and a board member of Patients for Fair Compensation, a non-profit seeking to revamp the medical tort system.  His points are…

Narcs for Athletes

In the ongoing concussion controversy  in sports, we tend to forget that there are physicians in place who are supposedly there to help these athletes.   Or are they?  The pressure of working for a professional sports team is huge.   Owners, coaches and players are all after the doctors to change their minds or…