Dave Weigel was formerly a blogger at the Washington Post who covered conservative politics. He was ousted from his position after incendiary statements made on Journolist, a left-leaning listserv maintained by the liberal blogger at the Post, Ezra Klein. Journolist is no more, but there's fallout from this episode that physicians should be wary about. Jeffrey Parks first made the connection about a similar, closed community that physicians participate in. Namely, ...

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In Boston we took the availability and quality of our tap water for granted until May 1, 2010, when a major water pipe break interrupted water service to two million Greater Boston residents. Information spread quickly to citizens about the problem and what to do, all the more notable because the water main break occurred on a Saturday. In this age of consumer paranoia about withheld information, the Massachusetts Water Resources ...

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“I would be careful,” a fellow physician cautioned, as I told of my plans to attend a patient’s birthday party. In my 12 years of clinical practice I have lived in the community in which I practice, less than two miles from my office. I encounter patients daily in the supermarket, at soccer games, swim meets and school events. I have had conversations with patients at parties, on the street, and ...

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Should you friend your doctor on Facebook? It's a question that's gaining increasing relevance as Facebook increases its social networking dominance. I've touched upon the issue in the past. So has the New England Journal of Medicine. Washington, DC physician Katherine Chretian gives her take on the issue in a recent USA Today op-ed. She is an expert of the Facebook-medicine intersection, having authored a JAMA study on the ...

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I'd like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. ABC News: How long will you wait to see a doctor?

While coverage is expected to extend to between 31 and 35 million Americans without insurance currently, a shortage of primary care doctors may mean extended wait times to actually see a doctor -- if new patients can get in at all ... ... "That situation, extrapolated to the rest of ...

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by Ryan DuBosar “House, M.D.,” is the least realistic medical drama on television. That doesn’t bother Lisa Sanders, ACP Member, one of the show’s technical advisors. The lead character, Gregory House, MD, verbally abuses patients, goes overboard ordering tests and above all, he’s “a jerk,” Dr. Sanders said. But after all, it’s television, and the former CBS news producer turned med student turned Yale professor understands the difference between reality and good ...

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With Eva and Alicia, both women were very young, 25 and 28, respectively. And for anyone who knows the history of American bioethics will realize young women, severe illness and dying seem to bring about a intense focus of cultural awareness (see Schiavo, Cruzan, Quinlan). It struck me how the open sharing of the decline of their health towards death may signal a cultural revolution ...

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A patient apologized to me for asking so many questions. There is no need to apologize, I said to the patient; it’s wonderful that you have so many questions concerning your health care. I mentioned to her that she is an “empowered and engaged patient,” and that is a good thing. It’s no secret that health consumers are turning to the internet for health information. In a recent article from MediaPost News, ...

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In its current listing of online social networks, Wikipedia presents 156 major, active websites. A neighboring link to view "now-defunct" sites accompanies the listing -- a subtle reminder of the Internet's competitive and volatile environment where promising endeavors rise and fall overnight. But although the popularity of a specific website may fade with time, the practice of online social networking is here to stay. In its simplest form, online social networking is ...

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I recently watched The Vanishing Oath, a physician-directed documentary detailing the challenges impeding doctors to best care for their patients.   It follows the travels of Ryan Flesher, MD, an emergency physician who took time off and traveled the country talking to university economists, an Emergency Medicine trailblazer, a malpractice attorney, medical academics, a divinity professor, current physicians, former physicians about what ails our health system.   Here's a video excerpt: width="400" height="327" ...

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