A naturopath goes to jail:

The Flanagans said they went to O'Connell after their son's physicians said there was nothing more they could do.

O'Connell told them "he could save Sean and that no Irish kid was going to die on his watch," said David Flanagan, Sean's father.

But Flanagan died two weeks after getting "photoluminescense" treatments in which a small amount of his blood was removed, exposed ...


This is hilarious. (via Dr. Crippen)

SI's Peter King talks about not having "home bathroom advantage" for his colonoscopy prep. Mr. King has had three colonoscopies before the age of 50. Recommendations from the USPSTF suggests screening colonoscopies every 10 years assuming a normal result or even small hypertrophic polyps. Unless there's something his doctors are following, I'm not sure why he's having so many.

Newsweek - "My Black Skin Makes My White Coat Vanish"

I remember talking to one of the white, male attending physicians in my training program after he witnessed one such encounter. "Listen," he said, trying to comfort me, "I can walk in wearing a T shirt and jeans and I'll always be seen as the doctor, even without an introduction. You will not."

Some law students planning to represent malpractice plaintiffs are unaware about physicians defensive medicine:

Still, several law students say they have learned from the physicians. They now know about the daily pressures and the impacts of litigation on medical practitioners. Until the class, some were unaware that more physicians are practicing defensive medicine to thwart possible claims.

Distracted by snooker:

Shuna Gregory and Ryan Abrahams's child, Saffron, became critically ill after contracting an infection during birth. She died aged 11 months. Her parents claim that John Miller, a consultant obstetrician, took no action over Miss Gregory's continuous bleeding in the hours before she gave birth to her daughter, in which she suffered a tear in her placenta. The tear caused blood loss, triggering renal complications that ...


The sad case of a cardiologist closing his practice because of Parkinson's.

Are lazy employees invoking HIPAA to skirt work?

I'm a general surgeon and I still practice as well as being a medical school administrator, and I have very little problems in general in getting the information I need from other facilities. Of course, there are always people who are looking for a reason not to do their jobs and nowadays they can invoke HIPAA.

A picture of the LA patient dump (via the Washington Post):

Imagine trying to navigate Medicare Part D if you don't speak English.

I couldn't resist. No offense meant - I do value your contrarian input on the comments.

RangelMD - how cutting physician reimbursement is actually increasing medical costs:

Ironically these Medicare cuts combined with anesthesiologist shortages may lead to increased salaries as hospitals, desperate to find someone to staff surgical procedures, increase subsidies and provide recruitment incentives. Most of this added cost will be passed on to private insurers and some to tax payers as increased medical care costs.

An interesting malpractice screening panel model in Louisiana:

A malpractice claim must first be filed with the state Medical Review Panel in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Patients' Compensation Fund appoints an attorney chairman to oversee the process, said James Ryan, the lead attorney in the Patel cases.

Three doctors whose practice areas are the same as the doctor who is the subject of the claim make up the medical ...


Sticks and stones:

A Palm Beach Gardens grandmother, 64, filed suit Wednesday, accusing the retail chain of negligent supervision and intentional infliction of emotional distress for typing in its system in May 2003: "WATCH CONTROLS SHE SEEMS SHADY."

For nearly 20 years, Elizabeth Noah has patronized the Fairway Drive Walgreens near her home in PGA National, she said. So when the retired United Technologies financial analyst picked up a ...


Michigan is going to make women contemplating abortions the "option" of observing their fetal ultrasounds:

However it is framed, this sort of state nannyism is wrong. Making a doctor fill out one more form that has nothing to do with good medicine is ridiculous. Asking a woman who may be terminating a dangerous pregnancy to look at what she's losing is cruel.

A Masschusetts hospital withdraws life support on a 12-year old too soon. The recommendation? An ethics committee should review all cases in which a doctor requests to withdraw life support.

A physician should be able to make independent decisions regarding life support. A mandatory, intervening ethics committee is simply hospital CYA.

Did a plastic surgeon allow felons to conduct physical exams?

Godfather, M.D.:

In a bizarre incident in Bhagalpur on Friday, goons and musclemen of a local doctor thrashed an income tax team that had come to a private nursing home to do a survey and when the local media-men arrived to cover the incident, even they were beaten up by the doctor's "“ some of them receiving serious injuries, officials said.

Mass euthanasia in Japan:

Imizu City Hospital head Hidetsugu Asanoi told a news conference Saturday that the surgeon admitted turning off the respirators after only obtaining consent from the families of the seven patients - three women and four men in their 50s to 90s.

Ever wonder what sick building syndrome is?