Medpundit points out one of the endless ways for lawyers continually try to victimize physicians.

A home dialysis diary

Complete with YouTube video.

Demanding X-rays

Many patients believe the "more testing = better medicine" myth. No where is this better seen than in the ER.

A pioneer of the artificial heart, he barely made it as a physician:

Jarvik is a medical doctor, but not with the strongest credentials. When he finished Syracuse University his grades did not permit entry into a U.S. medical school. So, he enrolled at the University of Bologna, Italy, but left after two years. Eventually Jarvik decided the mechanical aspects of the body fascinated him and he earned a ...

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PCPs for physicians

Hypocritically, many physicians don't have primary care docs. An ER doc talks about the difficulties for a physician to obtain one:

I think it's hard for doctors to choose a personal physician. To be honest, there are not many physicians who I would trust enough to follow their recommendations over my own judgment. My standards are high. I've seen too many docs who just get by, floating with ...

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The next chapter in Flea's saga with the ER. Again, I side with the ER on this. Unless you're physically at the hospital and assuming liability, there is no place for a PCP to dictate care over the phone to the ER. If you don't agree with the disposition plan, it's your responsibility go to the hospital at 3am and do what you want. Until then, ...

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Dr. A comes to McDonald's defense:

In my opinion, this Pittsburgh study is another attempt to attack fast food establishments and give parents a free pass on the care of their own children. So, according to this article, the solution is simple - If you want to solve the problem of childhood obesity, go to the hospital cafeteria!

A cardiac surgeon reflects on an ethically-complicated case with a psychiatrist.

Some parents choose to have genetic defects in their children:

In other words, some parents had the painful and expensive fertility procedure for the express purpose of having children with a defective gene. It turns out that some mothers and fathers don't view certain genetic conditions as disabilities but as a way to enter into a rich, shared culture . . .

. . . But a desire ...

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I wonder if a small part of the reason is because for-profit UnitedHealth is banned from providing health insurance there.

(Update 12/04 - This breaking news blog entry is moved to the top as the blogosphere continues to react.)

More on this HDL-raising drug's stunning collapse. There's talk Pfizer stock will drop to $20. I'm disappointed myself, since there is no reliable way to raise HDL, save for niacin and fibrates. I thought they were idiots not to test it alone, but only in conjunction with Lipitor. ...

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Congrats on the well-deserved mentions. All are excellent blogs.

Don't have time to study for diseases you never see in real life? Just rent and watch medical shows:

The board questions focus on esoteric situations and unusual cases that you're more likely to encounter in a circus sideshow than in daily practice. Some of the questions seem like they're straight from the twisted mind of Alfred Hitchcock. Let's just say that you have a better chance of seeing ...

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He was "circumsized against his will" during emergency surgery for a penile abscess.

Luckily they were scheduled to undergo the same procedure.

Stories of how strict following of HIPAA regulations interferes with patient care:

Although it started as a good idea, HIPAA has gotten out of control. A nursing student was reprimanded for violating the privacy act after she was seen reviewing her very own medical record. A health department representative refused to disclose to a newspaper the number of influenza cases in the county, incorrectly citing that it would be a ...

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She writes:

I'm disgusted. We train our best students to be doctors, and look what we get: a bunch of spoiled doctors squabbling over cosmetic surgery like kids over the last cookie.

Wake up! Some 16 percent of Americans don't have health insurance, and numerous health disparities face our population. Working with underserved populations isn't as glamorous as Botox, but it will do a lot more good.
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Privacy concerns amidst the EHR push by the government. (via Health business blog)

Just before a medical conference - it's good to know when the ACOG meetings are if you're planning to give birth:

Obstetricians are inducing women to give birth early so they can attend medical conferences held when birthrates are their highest.

An analysis has found the typical Australian obstetrics conference, lasting several days, causes 4 per cent of the expected births to be shifted, in most cases bringing it ...

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Completely agree. DTC should be banned outright:

The average American child is bombarded by 40,000 product advertisements a year in all media ranging from television to billboards created by the $250 billion U.S. advertising industry, said Strasburger, adding that children younger than 8 years are especially gullible . . .

. . . "We'd like to see more birth control ads," Strasburger said, "and less ads for erectile ...

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