Because someone rammed her SUV half-head-on into my car, this physician-surgeon has, of late, been a patient at physicians’ offices and outpatient surgical centers; and while medical sights, sounds, and sharp scalpels don't scare me, one thing I've discovered about electronic medical records does.  They may not be accurate. I love my profession. I am a stickler for accuracy, and I like reviewing patient charts. I always secure a copy of ...

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I'm sorry. I really am.  No one deserves breast cancer.  Especially the kind that spreads to your liver, lungs and brain.  The fact that you lived to your eighth decade doesn't detract from the sadness.  You deserve to live.  I can't blame you for not being ready to go. I apologize that our meeting was so abrupt.  I was consulted to see you in the nursing home to address various issues.  I ...

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I never gave my hands much thought until a few years ago. They were never pretty, but they were functional serviceable hands that did what they were asked—I could examine a patient, type fast and accurately enough, and everyone always told me that my handwriting was outstanding. That has always been a point of pride for I knew that I was never going to kill a patient because a pharmacist ...

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I struggle every time I'm ill. This week, it's not so much my own illness that's been the major problem. It's the kids. Because they can't sleep. And if they can't sleep, we can't sleep. It started last week with this upper respiratory bug that's going around. Cold viruses mutate just enough over time that every few years, I get hit hard. I call it the "three year cold." This one ...

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An excerpt from Pet Goats and Pap Smears. Joy is a vibrant twenty-six-year-old woman who comes in for a physical. On her exam, she shows me a worrisome mole on her left shoulder. I recommend she return for removal. After the excision, I call her back to my office for results. “You have a melanoma. We got it just in time, but I’m sending you to a dermatologist who ...

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One of my biggest problems of the RVU system is that it decided by a secret society composed of specialists. Nobody seems to have a problem that a “secret society” decides how much work and how much cost should be allocated to a medical service. Medical procedures are very dangerous and have a lot of risk, but so is trying to provide healthcare to a complicated 2-year old that can’t tell ...

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A few weeks ago, my daughter took her first steps into formal education and entered kindergarten. I have been a little surprised to find this has involved a transition not only for her, but for me, too. Not only do her mother and I want her dressed comfortably and ready to learn, we have to plan or pack a meal that she will eat without us watching. Thus ...

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My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread. –A patient’s prayer, Psalm 102 I diagnose and treat medical problems. I love doing it. Sometimes I make a big difference in someone’s life. More often, I just reassure them that they’re going to be ok. Or I give them advice about what they need to do to live healthier. But what I do has limits, and ...

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I am starting a prize-linked smoking cessation program for my medical practice. Like most family docs, I constantly remind my smokers about the risks of tobacco and my ability to help them quit when ready. And like most physicians I probably have a false belief that pestering “enough” will spur action. As an unofficial student of economics and official student of public health (MPH), I should know better. Sure, I have ...

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Good, it’s about time that these greedy doctors get smacked down for being the financial rapists that they are.  Medicine in this country is the biggest, most destructive SCAM going on today. Doctors think they are entitled to RIDICULOUS amounts of money for simple routine procedures. -Johnathan Blaze It is generally agreed upon that the more one values a good or service, the more he or she is willing to ...

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