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Who Is Responsible?

A patient taking prescription drugs had attempted suicide. The family blamed his physician.  The patient was on an antidepressant, and unbeknownst to his psychiatrist, he also was taking a narcotic prescribed by an orthopedist. In a drug-induced haze, the man threw himself down a flight of stairs, breaking his neck. Guess what?  The psychiatrist settled.…

Getting Real by Pat Conrad MD

In keeping with the mission statement of this blog, let us acknowledge our esteemed editor’s vision of that medicine which is “authentic”, to include the humorous aspect of the art.  I have a lot of problems with a LOT of that which passes for medicine these days, but I am truly grateful to be involved…

Subtle Innuendoes Follow

Patients lie.  That’s just a reality.  This WSJ article spells it out in detail.  “Common lies include everything from diet and exercise regimens to medication adherence, sexual histories, and taking alternative medicines.”  Over the years, I think I have seen it all.  I have seen a lot of illicit drug use that was only admitted…

Selling Us Down The River

Here is a nice article in Business Week that makes doctors out to be the bad guys in the nurse practitioner battle.   It is the same old, same old.   And without doctors being unified or pushing back, we will lose this battle.   I won’t rehash the same old arguments.  You can read…

The Scripting Games by Edwin Leap MD

Our nurses will soon have scripting guidelines for their interactions with patients. This is apparently widespread in many industries, the idea being that patients will be more satisfied with their care if certain key phrases are repeated to them, phrases that might possibly, just maybe, find their way onto satisfaction surveys. Wink, wink! Whether I…

Quote of the Week

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” Eckhart Tolle, author Tweet

The Brits Got It Better, Right?

Here is an eye-opening story from across the pond.  A report recently released exposed some of the horrors occurring at an English hospital.  Stories from patients being left moaning in their own waste to family members forced to bring in food are among just some of the dreadful treatments doled out in that facility.  …

The DaMental Code

Check out this article on the problems psychiatrists are having with some new codes.    Basically, it is chaos right now and no one is getting paid. But this year, changes to a mere 30 codes that affect mental health services have thrown a huge glitch into the system. Can you imagine what will happen…

Your Hospital Bill

If you haven’t read the piece in the Time Magazine entitled Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us then please do……but on an empty stomach.   It will make you sick.   Here are just a few standout points for me: When you look behind the bills that Sean Recchi and other patients receive, you…