The Patients' Bill of Goods

by Medicine Men -- This is a patients' heads-up alert! As the current TV commercial for Mercedes reminds us, things are not always as they seem. So it is with the much more…

Medical '3-strike rule'

by Medicine Men -- Times change! Strike 1: About 25 years ago it was the lawyers who were persecuting physicians with malpractice lawsuits. Their malpractice assault raised medical costs directly due to more…

Symptoms of ailing media

by Medicine Men -- Recently commentators Thomas Sowell and Hugh Hewitt fired off columns aimed at some prevalent, acute and chronic afflictions in journalism, the lamentable lack of ethics and integrity by more…

Lawyers' Bill of Fights

by Medicine Men -- Yes, this is probably the thousandth commentary you've seen regarding the controversy over the "Patients' Bill of Rights." This gives us the chance tell you – that once more…

Letting CT scans out the bag

by Medicine Men -- Just when you realized it was safe to drink the water after the recent arsenic scare, FDA officials are taking their turn to cry, "Wolf!" They struck last more…

The 'Everlasting O.J. Syndrome'

by Medicine Men -- To paraphrase an old adage, "Shaft us once and it's your fault. But shaft us twice and it's our fault." O. J. Simpson was arrested five days after more…

Acronymophobia

by Medicine Men -- Rather than just grouse about a pet peeve, we've decided to describe it as a pathological syndrome: acronymophilia (ANPA) – love of acronyms – among editors of medical more…

Talkin' healthy

by Medicine Men -- Communication counts. It counts even more than ever these days with physicians being forced to spend an ever increasing amount of time on mandated paper work and less more…

Pariah de jour: The pharmacy industry

by Medicine Men -- From Capitol Hill to the evening news, the pharmaceutical industry has been and is being pilloried as the "pariah de jour." We have all seen the stories about more…