The Good, The Bad,
and The Ugly (Unknown)
weeks ago, I posted links to 75 stories related to modern Doctor
Over the past three years, I bookmarked medical stories
while I was writing my People Medicine book.
Most of the stories remind
me that our present Doctor Medicine has not changed much for the GOOD
in the past generation since I pulled down my shingle and went about
doing other things.
Still, the list begins with the GOOD in
modern medical “practice.”
There are seven (only 7 out of 75) stories
which highlight positive happenings, trends and physicians in the
Here are the top three:
• The top story is about a
doctor in Illinois who in 2010 was still charging $5 per visit after 55
years in practice.
You can watch the video, read the story, or both.
The next story is brief but fascinating about an extraordinary medical
innovator of the past 50+ years.
The good doctor is still at it -
writing and teaching, investigating and inventing, and helping people -
at 80 years old.
I saw him in action developing the American Holistic
Medical Association in Wisconsin in the 70s. And,
I interviewed for a
job with him at his recent facility in Missouri about 30 years ago. No
• The third story is about another physician - born and
trained in Asia and Africa -
who is trying to revive the lost art of
the physical exam at Stanford University. Lost art?
The physical exam
was mostly lost when I was in medical school close on 40 yeas ago.
spent more time with dead bodies and dry books than with living,
Congratulations and good luck to that unusual doctor!
Direct comments to theportableschool at gmail dot com.
Small Town Doc Has Charged $5 a Visit for 55 Years
Shealy, former La Crosse doctor, donates farm to university
Physician Revives a Dying Art: The Physical
Medicine’s Search for Meaning
In Good Health? Thank Your 100 Trillion Bacteria
Operation Medicine Cabinet proves popular in Billings
Health Care Wastefulness Is Detailed in Studies
Surgery Error Leads Doc to Public Mea Culpa
1 in 7 Medicare Patients Harmed During Hospital Stay
Study: Antibiotics have little impact on child ear infections
Among Rich Countries, U.S. Rates Worst For Patients
Most Meds for Kids Have Inaccurate Dosing
Harms often surface years after cancer drug approval
So Young and So Many Pills
Hospitals have lost 'sacredness' of their work
Too Much Optimism May Be Bad for Cancer Patients
Hospital Garb Harbors Nasty Bacteria, New Study Says
No More Invasive Prostate Exams
New Recall of Alcohol Wipes Raises Larger Question
10 Famous People Killed by Bad Medicine
An effective eye drug is available for $50.
But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative.
A grim diagnosis for our ailing health care system
Argentina's Fernandez sent home, never had cancer
Health warning over hip implants
You’re Getting Too Much Healthcare
Healthcare’s Medical Gluttony
Deception at Duke: Fraud in Cancer Care?
The Politics of Psychiatric Assessments
Doctors order more X-rays, not fewer, with computer access
Family health care costs to exceed $20,000 this year
The bizarre calculus of emergency room charges
Doctors Urge Their Colleagues To Quit Doing Worthless Tests
Americans consume EIGHTY percent of the world's pain pills
US Panel Recommends Against PSA Tests for Screening Prostate Cancer
Waking Up to Major Colonoscopy Bills
10 Shocking Medical Mistakes
Health Care is the Next Bubble
Hospitals Performed Unnecessary Heart Procedures
One Nation Under Drugs
Chemotherapy Can Backfire and Boost Cancer Growth Rate
Superbug Stalked NIH Hospital
Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost
Health Testing on Mice Is Found Misleading in Some Cases
Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
Steroid Back Injections do More Harm Than Good
U.S. manages disease, not health
Many Colonoscopies for Seniors Carry Unnecessary Risks
4 Surgeries to Avoid
Fake Cancer Study Spotlights Bogus Science Journals
PIP breast implant founder sentenced to four years
The Ugly (Unknown)
The top 10 deadliest cancers — and why there's no cure
Are We Running Out of Antibiotics
Waiting Out a Meningioma
Little Girl Is Allergic to Cold
Doctors Hopeful That Giffords' Brain Will Rewire Itself
Don’t Call Alcoholism a “Disease”
Microbes may play crucial role in human health, researchers discovering
Easing a Difficult Passage - Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Health Care and Productivity
Leap of Faith: Meet John of God
N.Y. town still baffled by teens' mysterious tics
Woman Eats Only Pizza for 31 Years
Why an MRI costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France
Common myths about infections and antibiotics
Half of Cancer Survivors Die From Other Conditions
Doctor Predicts Recovery for Stabbed Officer, and Wife Thanks God
Microbe census maps out human body's bacteria, viruses, other bugs
Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated With Yersinia Bacteria
The Unsolved Mystery of Why You Just Yawned
New Study Challenges Whether Electronic Records Cut Health Costs
Definition of Cancer Should Be Tightened
Allergy myths busted
Man Who Cries Blood Searches For Answers
How Many Human Body Parts Remain Undiscovered?
Mom defies doctor, has baby her way