shutterstock_118623196 I’ve been a doctor for more than 20 years, and I hate to break it to you, but it’s time I came clean: We lie. Doctors lie. Not always. Not necessarily on purpose. But we do. Sometimes the lies are to our patients. Sometimes, the lies are to our families. And sometimes the lies are to ourselves. But, nonetheless, we lie. A lot. ...

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Jordan Grumet reads from this new book, I Am Your Doctor: and This Is My Humble Opinion. I highly recommend this poignant look at what's it like to be a physician today.

Some doctors love to do procedures.  Stitching, skin biopsies, removal of ingrown toenails -- you name it, they’ll do it, and then they’ll ask for more.  In fact, I used to have a senior partner who actually told me he preferred doing procedures more than any other type of visit.  When I asked him why he enjoyed procedures so intensely, he shrugged and said, “Because I don’t have to think ...

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shutterstock_216800617 I was recently talking to a patient about having some extra help at home when she left the hospital with home nursing services. The elderly lady -- highly intelligent and fiercely independent -- politely declined with the reply: “No, I’m fine thanks Dr Dhand -- all they’ve done before is just come in with their computers, barely talk to me, enter ...

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shutterstock_100854067 I’m a U.S. family physician who has decided to relocate to Canada. The hassles of working in the dysfunctional health care “system” in the U.S. have simply become too intense. I’m not alone. According to a physician recruiter in Windsor, Ont., over the past decade more than 100 U.S. doctors have relocated to her city alone. More generally, the Canadian Institute ...

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shutterstock_112271348 Scene: Medical office, 9 a.m., waiting room full, chairs in hall full Players: 2 nurses, 1 clerk, 2 doctors, lots of patients Doc 1: “Hey, what’s up? I’m sitting on my ass here, and there’s a room full of patients waiting.” Nurse 1: “Hold on Doc, I’m almost done checking one in.” “So, Mrs. Smith, do you feel safe in your own home?” Patient 1: “It’s ...

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Some time ago, I engaged in a debate with a proponent of GMO labeling. His main point was that the information provided by labeling would allow consumers to make better decisions about what they eat. He went so far as to condense his argument into three simple words: “Knowledge is power.” What my opponent failed to mention is that the truth of this statement is conditional. Knowledge can be powerful, but ...

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Compared to most others in society, physicians endorse, and are held to, higher ethical standards. (To illustrate, here are ethical codes from the AMA and the World Medical Association.) High standards apply to professionals in other fields as well, especially fiduciaries such as attorneys, accountants, school teachers, and judges. But standards of medical ethics may be among the most stringent. We put patient welfare first, and anything that interferes ...

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1408738840000-Dr-Oz-Headshot-2 If I could invite four people for dinner, alive or dead, they would be Mark Twain, William Shackleton, Christopher Hitchens and Homer Simpson (Bart’s dad). If Mehmet Oz turned up with a bag of Garcinia cambogia, I would excuse myself. Few things drive me to the abyss more reliably than the banality of status updates on Facebook and the monotony of health ...

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shutterstock_148398755 We both agreed that it was unfortunate. I sat on Paul's living room couch with a computer perched on my lap as he recounted the events of the last few weeks. His business flight was interrupted by severe spasms of cough and high fever. He called me upon landing, and based on my advice, went to a local urgent care center. After ...

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