KevinMD posts of the week, June 19, 2011

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Physicians and their staff need to put on a consistent show. This past summer, I had a few parents complain to me about our staff. The parents wanted to let me know that they were treated nicely by the staff, but they had noticed things from the employees that they didn’t appreciate.

2. How a pediatrician advises parents on sleep training their children. At some point the novelty of a new baby wears off. Waking up at two in the morning loses some of its appeal.

3. Why doctors shouldn’t have to choose between medicine and family. Simply put, doctors, and the work they do, are becoming devalued by society. It’s no wonder that physicians’ commitment to the profession is wavering.

4. The unintended consequences of medical marijuana. It was 1978 and I was a third year medical student when my friend was slowly dying of metastatic breast cancer.

5. Why children are getting fatter. Children are getting fatter because they are not allowed to run around and play. This comes from parents wanting to wrap kids in cotton wool — also known as helicopter parenting.

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