February 2007 archive

Feb 21 2007

Refusing Treatment, Advanced Directives, and a Broken Heart

The universe has been telling me all week to write more about refusing medical treatment. Several readers of my newspaper column sent me questions about it — without even knowing I had already addressed the subject on my blog. And, several readers of this blog sent me personal comments about refusing treatment, sharing their stories …

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Feb 20 2007

Medical Consumerism by Definition

A question popped up this morning in reaction to my column in today’s Post Standard. The column is short — you can read it here: Five Words Can Make All the Difference The question regards Medical Consumerism — a label that marries the concepts of medical care and the idea of patient as consumer. Turns …

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Feb 19 2007

Chemo Drugs and Doctor Profits

Last week I “met” Julia Schopick, a patient advocate who has some good information for you at www.honestmedicine.com. After Julia read my misdiagnosis story, she sent me a link to this MSNBC story by Rehema Ellis called “Cancer Docs Profit from Chemotherapy Drugs.” I almost fell off my chair when I read it! If you …

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Feb 18 2007

Med Students and Grey’s Anatomy

Our radio show taping this week included a conversation with two medical students. It was so refreshing and interesting to hear their perspectives on patient-doctor communications, and a variety of other topics. Something one of them said triggered a memory of a recent Grey’s Anatomy episode (no — not the one with the ferry accident …

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Feb 18 2007

Med Students and Grey’s Anatomy

Our radio show taping this week included a conversation with two medical students. It was so refreshing and interesting to hear their perspectives on patient-doctor communications, and a variety of other topics. Something one of them said triggered a memory of a recent Grey’s Anatomy episode (no — not the one with the ferry accident …

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