The Story Behind the King of Medicine Name

Sometimes I forget how long I have been doing this blog. I realized that I have been through a few generation of doctors since the King of Medicine nickname began. Some people who see it now think it is pompous or egotistical. I find that funny since it started around the year 2000 as a goof to poke fun at our broken healthcare system. At that time I wrote an editorial to the Boston Globe claiming that the system is so ludicrous that a king should run it and I should be that king. And they printed it!

When I started my Placebo Journal (2001-2011), I just continued the nickname. It seemed fitting for the only humorous medical journal out there. Yes, before Gomerblog and before ZDoggMD there was the Placebo Journal. Once again, it was all a spoof. The above picture was from an article written about me over a decade ago and the below images are from one issue of the Placebo Journal.

In these times of healthcare insanity, where insurers, hospital administrators and Big Pharma rule the land, isn’t it time we have something or someone so stupid like “King of Medicine” be in charge.

I thought so.

Now please lighten up and smile. And let me take over from here.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “The Story Behind the King of Medicine Name

  1. Sir Hakum of Hugo
    April 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    We remain, your Most High Worshipfullness, thy perpetual servants in servitude. (As long as the Bud Light supplies remain)

    • Sir Lance-a-lot
      April 17, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      Bud Light?

      Flagons of mead, my good fellow!

      … or scotch in a Dunkin Donuts cup at the nurses’ station, anyway.

  2. James Tinsley
    April 17, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Huzzah! Can I be the Hand to the King? Love it.

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    April 17, 2019 at 6:43 am

    All hail the King!

    Aren’t we meant to send you a bushel of grain, several chickens, and a tithe of our RVUs, Your Majesty?

    • Doug Farrago
      April 17, 2019 at 7:15 am

      Yes, you are.

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