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Discussing Racism in the Primary Care Office

Apr 08, 2021

After George Floyd’s death from a police officer kneeling on his neck, I began to reflect on how I can guide all my patients to be anti-racist. I decided to approach the topic in the same breath as ...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Patient Refusing Advanced Care

Apr 07, 2021

Q: I have a patient that I have been seeing for quite a while for MS. After some pretty good years she has declined rapidly and has moved in with her sister, who is her caregiver. The problem is that ...

Medical Fiction: Propane Don

Apr 05, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

They’re MDs, but they can’t find residency positions

Apr 01, 2021

Written by Physician’s Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel In February, the New York Times published an article about this subject. Several vignettes depicted the plight of medical school graduat...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Liable For Accidents After In Office Procedure?

Apr 01, 2021

Q: I do small hand surgeries in my office. I only use local anesthesia for these. The patient will generally then be in a soft dressing or a short splint. There will also be some numbness. I have not ...

Medical Fiction: Harrold, Harriet & the Magnetron

Mar 22, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like “Final Destination” meets “The Monkey’s Paw” (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, an...

Medical Fiction: Erica and the Hacker

Mar 18, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like "Final Destination" meets "The Monkey's Paw" (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and would appe...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Bill Forbearance

Mar 16, 2021

Q: I am a physiatrist and so I see a lot of patients who were in car accidents. More than a few of them are involved in lawsuits over their injuries. I recently reluctantly told a patient - actually a...

How long should patients fast before elective surgery? Part 2

Mar 15, 2021

Written by Physician’s Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel A couple of years ago, I blogged about preoperative fasting here. I had conducted a Twitter poll asking surgeons, anesthesiologists, and ...

The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver cause of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Mar 11, 2021

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most prevalent cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and incidence in the US has tripled in the last four decades. Liver damage resulting from Non-Alcoh...

Gender Reveal Parties Should No Longer Be a Thing

Mar 02, 2021

By Physician’s Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Pop quiz: In the last 5years, how many people have died as a result of mishaps at gender reveal parties? a. Less than 5 b. 6-10 c. 11-15 d. ...

Medical Fiction: OxyJean

Mar 01, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like "Final Destination" meets "The Monkey's Paw" (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). In each story, a protagonist makes a wish that comes true with fatal results for...

Medical Fiction: Kate and the Heartbreak

Feb 24, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like "Final Destination" meets "The Monkey's Paw" (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and would appe...

Things in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Feb 23, 2021

The following was originally posted on February 6 by Kelly Cawcutt, MD, to her personal blog at paragonfire.com. With 2020 in the rearview mirror, I am reminded of the saying that ‘things i...

Medical Fiction: Nora and Surgery in Space

Feb 19, 2021

This is a science fiction short story with a medical technology angle. This story is one of a collection that uses elements and scenarios generated during a series of Strategic Foresight sessions rela...

Hepatocellular Carcinoma: The Alcohol Pathway for the 4th Leading Cancer-Related Cause of Death

Feb 18, 2021

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most prevalent cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and incidence in the US has tripled in the last 4 decades. Excessive alcohol consumption is one the...

Physicians in the (Bad) News

Feb 17, 2021

By Physician’s Weekly Blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Robert M. Levy, a former pathologist at a Veterans Administration hospital in Arkansas, pleaded guilty in federal court to involuntary manslaughte...

Medical Fiction: Petra and Josh, and the Rocketman

Feb 16, 2021

This is one of a collection of stories that are like "Final Destination" meets "The Monkey's Paw" (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or horror, and would appe...

The Blue Faery “Love Your Liver” Public Awareness Campaign

Feb 08, 2021

The purpose of the “Love Your Liver!” (#LoveYourLiver) campaign is to educate the public and at-risk populations about liver disease and thereby help to prevent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). By ...

Medical Fiction: Ruth & the Stochastic Murder

Feb 08, 2021

The following is the first of a collection of short stories that are like "Final Destination" meets "The Monkey's Paw" (W. W. Jacobs, 1902). As such, they are tragedies more than either mysteries or h...

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