Good Bad Ugly

The Good, The Bad,
and The Ugly (Unknown)

March 2014

Some weeks ago, I posted links to 75 stories related to modern Doctor Medicine.
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 present day.
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 luck.

• 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.
We spent more time with dead bodies and dry books than with living, breathing beings.
Congratulations and good luck to that unusual doctor!


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The Good

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

Front-Line Doctors

Medicine’s Search for Meaning

In Good Health? Thank Your 100 Trillion Bacteria

Operation Medicine Cabinet proves popular in Billings

The Bad


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





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