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Archives for January, 2010

Online professionalism at #Scio10

Next week, Val Jones and I are leading a discussion of professional ethics as they intersect with a professional’s online life. Each profession has its own set of ethics and draws its own lines but medicine is what I know best. I’d like to invite participants (or anyone, actually) to proffer ethical dilemmas related to…

As we mentioned earlier, Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the infectious disease promotion group NVIC, is suing a bunch of people for “defaming” her. Today she posted a piece at Age of Autism entitled, “2010 Needs A Fearless Conversation About Vaccination.” She is suing a nationally-known vaccine expert, the reporter who interviewed him, and the…

A major victory for science-based medicine

The following is a collaborative effort by PalMD, the usual author of this blog, and Ames Grawert, JD, a soon-to-be-sworn-in attorney working in New York City. Proponents of science-based medicine have always had one major problem—human beings are natural scientists, but we are also very prone to cognitive mis-steps. When we follow the scientific method…

You should be reading…

One of the best blogs out there, Terra Sigillata, seemed to have gone on a bit of a hiatus for a while, but Abel Pharmboy is back and better than ever. His posts over the last 8 weeks or so are all must-reads. Go, read, discuss.

Just get un-fat already!

It’s hard to avoid news about the “obesity epidemic”. Depending on who you talk to, obesity may be the number one killer of Americans or completely irrelevant to health. Alternative med boosters love to focus on obesity and other supposedly behavior-related illness. They use this to simultaneously blame the patient for their own ill-health, blame…

ScienceOnline10—preparation phase

I’m giving two sessions at ScienceOnline10. The first, which I will be co-hosting with Dr. Val Jones, is entitled Privacy, ethics, and disasters: how being online as a doctor changes everything. I’ve given similar talks to physicians, but given that Val and I may be nearly the entire medical team at the conference, we’ll probably…

I love it when friends read my blog. Maybe it’s simple vanity, but I love being able to talk to people about what I’m writing. Readers who ask good questions (especially friends, because I trust their motives) help me reevaluate my message and my facts. So an old friend sent me an email this weekend…

I don’t know if Garrison Keillor is anti-semitic and I don’t really care, but the question was raised by his Christmas editorial at Salon.com. After reading it last month I decided I had nothing to say about it. Who really cares what Garrison Keillor says, right? This morning I was on my way to work…

Sunday morning goodies

I woke up way too early—my damned sinuses. After a good lavage I managed to fall back asleep until a little warm body curled up next to me and used one of its appendages to turn on the TV. That’s when I realized how hungry I was. I left the kiddo to her shows and…

Vaccination: it’s a mitzvah

Being a physician and a father, I keep an eye out for news about childhood vaccinations. I’ve always been concerned about local statutes that allow kids to be admitted to school unvaccinated, especially when all that is required is an affirmation or a letter from a doctor or religious figure. This not only endangers these…