Ever wonder what a "gomer" is? While certainly passé and unprofessional, does it shed light into the frustrations both doctors and patients have with end-of-life care? Emergency physician and author Brian Goldman
explains the origins and use of such medical slang in his book, The Secret Language of Doctors
s Dr. House of Cards returns, and who does he have in his sights today? None other than Dr. Oz, who recently testified at a Congressional hearing
. See how he fares against Dr. Underwood.
Who knew questioning medical tests could be so much fun? Watch Pharrell Williams' "Happy" with lyrics that advocate more sensible medical testing. James McCormick, co-host of the Best Science Medicine Podcast
, wrote this pitch perfect parody. The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely
campaign educates both physicians and the public to question medical tests and treatments.
Another year of medical school soon begins. There's no better way to greet incoming students than this The Book of Mormon
parody from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
(who also brought you their gone-viral rendition of Let It Go
). Good luck, first-year medical students: The book of Netter's will indeed change your life.
Family physician Mike Evans
is famous for his terrific whiteboard videos
, where he distills complex medical ideas to its most understandable essence. Here, he tackles low back pain, a condition that most adults will experience sometime during their lives. Watch and learn how more tests for back pain isn't necessarily better.
My latest USA Today column is now up: Doctors are not overpaid. I explain why focusing on physician salaries won't do much to dent health costs.
Also, as I wrote in a prior blog post, "Pay me like a French doctor. You know you want to," any salary comparison with other countries also needs to consider their costs of medical education ...
In this Daily Show
segment, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," correspondent Samantha Bee likens the anti-vaccine crowd to right-leaning climate deniers. I've been saying this for awhile: The anti-vaccine mentality crosses party lines. Remember, Jenny McCarthy got her start from the progressive-leaning Huffington Post
Comedian John Oliver with a must-see takedown of Dr. Oz, after his disastrous performance
at the recent Senate hearings: "It's easy to fill a show with shameless pandering without dangerously misleading medical information." And at the 13:44 mark, he shows us how it's done. Epic.
with another classic parody: "Let it flow." As he puts it, "an emotional, epic anthem ... about urinary retention." Men with BPH
British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb
imagines what a homeopathic ER would look like. I love the "homeopathic lager" at the 2:20 mark of the sketch. Classic.