When reading about the malpractice debate, physicians can take some comfort in this fact: "Fortunately, most jurors (and readers) are patients, so you can't pull the wool over their eyes."

How people react differently to being diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.

So says this physician on why Florida gastroenterologists are leaving in droves:

None of the colleagues who I know makes $350,000 a year. At an average of a 60-hour work week for 48 weeks a year, that is about $100 an hour, or a little more than a plumber or electrician makes, but less than your average professional golf instructor makes. We still take emergency calls and treat the indigent.

Anti-MRSA pajamas

Silver-based pajamas are being tested in the UK to fight MRSA.

Dr. Scott on the sneaky practices of a large, much-loved here, for-profit insurance company.

Medpundit gives some reasons, but she likes it overall.

Immigration officers did a rectal exam. They found a seton which treated an anal fistula. Unfortunately, they pulled it out. Bad move:

After one baffled immigration officer pulled "very hard" on the seton, the patient was given the choice by the baffled immigration officers of either getting on the next plane home, or submitting himself to a procedure to have it removed.

Happily, as The ...


Hilarious - and oh so true. More on PBL (problem based learning).

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See which ads triggered nerve activity in the ventral striatum.

A Canadian law student wonders why not.

The majority of medical students in this forum feel positive about primary care, voting for this answer:

There is a future. Shortages will drive PCP salaries up and the field will remain alive and kickin'.

Glad to know someone is focusing on the important studies:

According to the December issue of the British Medical Journal, sword swallowers were more likely to sustain injury when distracted or when ingesting multiple or oddly shaped swords. For the latter, the report gives as examples the use of a curved saber. Of 46 swallowers who participated, 19 reported sore throats.

This PCP is frustrated that radiologists are blurting out diagnoses and suggesting treatments after imaging tests:

Several months ago a radiologist, after performing a bone scan on a patient with a PSA of 70, went out and told the assembled family that my patient was "full of cancer." Then he suggested a treatment direction which was somewhat different than what I had already discussed with the patient. Just the other ...


A Canadian doctor is calling for children to sue their smoking parents. (via Michael Siegel)

A lawyer coming on the short end of a verdict blames "outside forces":

"It's an uphill battle for any lawyer bringing a medical malpractice case," Carr said. "Who wants to go up against a jury where most of them have probably been brainwashed by propaganda about litigation?"

Is it going to come down to this? Utah is laying the groundwork to amend its state Constitution. Until then, health care continues to absolutely not be a right.

Privacy laws in the UK angers this patient. He wants his name displayed above his hospital bed:

"The nurse came round and rubbed everyone's names off. When we asked what was going on they said it was for patient confidentiality.

"I even said I was happy for them to leave my name up," said Mr Rattigan.

"When doctors, physios and people taking blood came to ...


GruntDoc with a Purell PSA last week. Now mainstream media is on the case:

"The widespread use of hand sanitizer is fraught with a great deal of danger," said Suzanne Doyon, medical director of the Maryland Poison Center, who co-authored a letter in the journal about the case. "From an infection control perspective, they are excellent. But there is this risk involved."

Purell, which is 70 percent ...


Interesting study. Punchstat is used to track punches during a boxing match. A study correlated the punches landed per round and "power punches" with a fatal outcome:

The results showed some significant differences between the fatal and average bouts. The number of punches landed per round was higher in fatal matches: 26.6 for the survivor versus 22.9 for the fighter who died, compared to 9.4 in the average ...


Most doctors are losing money over this, due to poor insurance reimbursement. At best, they break even. (via GruntDoc)

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