Medical blog posts of the week, ending December 5, 2010

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. How a plumber charges more than a neurosurgeon. So there was a neurosurgeon who called a plumber for a house visit.

2. A neurosurgical resident’s typical day. I’ve made some fairly outrageous claims about the workload of a neurosurgical resident recently. Seems like a reasonable time to lay out exactly what a day on call can be like for me and my fellow residents.

3. Scribes lead to unintended consequences from electronic medical records. [An] update to the ongoing story of electronic medical records that are so simple, intuitive and easy to use that doctors and hospitals everywhere are being forced to hire “scribes” to run them.

4. Living with cancer is different from living after cancer. My wife was diagnosed with stage 3C cancer of the ovary a bit over a year ago.

5. Antibiotics need to become controlled substances and regulated. Antibiotics for viral infections are a big pet peeve of mine. No. Make that a huge pet peeve.