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Do I Need an Annual Physical?

"Show me the data to support the idea that getting to know patients better and having genuine interactions with them leads to better outcomes."

Should Radiologists Give Test Results to Patients?

"The idea is that patient anxiety while waiting to find out a test result could be alleviated by an immediate discussion with a radiologist. That would be very nice, but there are potential problems..."

Should You Wear a Hazmat Suit When Operating an Elevator?

"It may surprise you to learn that most of the bacteria found on elevator buttons and restroom surfaces can also normally be found ON YOUR HANDS!"

Distracting Electronic Devices Don’t Affect Learning. Really?

"The null hypothesis was accepted as true, which is called a 'Type II' error by statisticians."

A New Job Description for Physicians?

Medical care as we practice it only accounts for 15% of the health of the population. Good health for all means creating a better world, a better society. Can doctors take us to the new utopia of healthcare? Should they be expected to?

Doctors as Journalists: Conflict of Interest?

"Whether the reporter is a doctor or not, biases and opinions can creep into any story."


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Do I Need an Annual Physical?

"Show me the data to support the idea that getting to know patients better and having genuine interactions with them leads to better outcomes."

Should Radiologists Give Test Results to Patients?

"The idea is that patient anxiety while waiting to find out a test result could be alleviated by an immediate discussion with a radiologist. That would be very nice, but there are potential problems..."

Obesity: A Disease, Disability, Both or Neither?

They said the Americans with Disabilities Act was intended to help those who were disabled not by individual decisions, but rather were "victims of fate." It did not address the fact that many are disabled from smoking-related emphysema. Are they victims of fate or poor choices?

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