How an iPad is replacing medical textbooks

by Kal Shah

Kal Shah, a first year medical student at the University of California Irvine who recieved his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Bioengineering, has given iMedicalApps the scoop on how the iPad is being used by himself and classmates.

He highlights how medical textbooks are being utilized, along with an app he feels is better at note taking than the popular iAnnotate. …

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Progressive commercialization of American medicine

by Lucas Restrepo, MD

There is only one fundamental problem with American medicine: its progressive commercialization.

Every other problem derives from it centrifugally. Medicine, wrote William Osler, is “a calling, not a business.” Patients are not clients, nor physicians businessmen. People do not spend over a decade studying medicine ―living years in poverty or overburdened with debt― merely hoping to get rich. While it is perfectly …

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Health blog posts of the week, ending December 19, 2010

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

1. Obesity patients are not victims. Call it the McVictim syndrome. Too many pundits, public health experts and politicians are working overtime to find scapegoats for America’s obesity epidemic.

2. Favorite ER superstitions. ER docs and nurses (and paramedics) are a superstitious lot. I thought it might be interesting for those …

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The art of medicine and mastering relationships

by Kelly, MD

There is a reason why people often say “the art of medicine.”

It’s not just the fact that so much of what we do is based on culture and habit rather than science, but also the fact that there is a lot of finesse when it comes to relationships as a doctor.  Oh sure, we know all about patient-doctor relationships and its importance.  There are …

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A physician story of addiction and recovery

by an anonymous physician

I am a physician now in recovery.

I don’t like that term. The correct thing to say is, I am sober.  I am going on a year sober without any problems. Recovery suggests some disease state and I don’t think it is that simple.  It also suggests an ongoing daily struggle or effort to remain sober, and I don’t find that the case, either.  I know this …

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