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Morning report is a daily conference for medical residents. It is done differently at different institutions, but normally a case is presented, often by the post-call team, and discussed by the senior residents and an attending physician. –PalMD A 35 year old man was brought to the Emergency Department(ED) after being found unconscious on a…

You can count on the Wall Street Journal for pretty good reporting and for extremist right-wing wackaloonery on the OpEd page. Today, they deliver the latter, with bonus fear-mongering at no extra charge. The piece is entitled, “GovermentCare’s Assault on Seniors” and that pretty much sums up the content of the article. Unfortunately (at least,…

Since I abhor the entombment of real news beneath the Michael Jackson story, I didn’t think I’d be posting about it, but here I am. You see, Jackson was reportedly under the “care” of a privately hired physician when he died, and was being treated with medications not normally used outside the hospital. I have…

Everyone who uses the internet leaves some sort of footprint, even if it’s just a string of visited addresses. This presence is magnified if you’ve ever been in the news, been listed on a website (e.g., as faculty), or if you write a blog. Social networking sites such as facebook and Twitter add a whole…

Experts and accountability

My buddy Janet always makes me think, which is one of the things I like about her (that, and her cookies). Today, she wrote about a recent PLoS Biology article about the vaccine-autism debate (Orac has also covered it, of course). I especially like Janet’s take on expert status and accountability. Let’s examine these issues…

Cancer, cults, and kids

I’ve been reluctant to write about the Daniel Hauser case. I don’t even want to imagine what his parents are going through. If you’re not a parent, I can’t explain it to you, so you’ll have to trust me—having a kid with a life-threatening illness can drive you to do the unimaginable. And what Daniel’s…

In relation to my recent bits about Jenny McCarthy and her antivaccination nonsense, reader Isabel asks the following: I’ve been following this discussion for awhile, PalMD, and while I agree that JM sounds like a nut, and while I feel sorry for her kid for being stuck with her as a mother, it’s hard for…

In a recent post, Dr. Free Ride made some excellent points about conflict of interest and medical professionalism (emphasis mine): What I find more interesting, and problematic, here is [the authors'] unexamined premise that it is a bad thing that medical experts have a certain kind of monopoly. Indeed, their monopoly is recognized by the…

Health care workers and torture

The Times is reporting that health care workers actively assisted in the torture of CIA detainees overseas. This, as you might imagine, sickens me. Many of us have seen movies or read spy novels where a doctor stands by as someone is tortured, monitoring their condition and telling the interrogator when they need to back…

The current insanity at JAMA has been well reported elsewhere (also see these links: here, here, here, and here). I’ll give you a thumbnail sketch. A professor from a small university wrote to JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) to let them know that an author of an antidepressant study appeared to have…