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The Fallible Physician

  We often ascribe God-like qualities to our physicians, largely because we believe they are the unique custodians of complex and arcane medical knowledge, and because we depend on them for our very lives and everyday health.  To be sure, most doctors are indeed smart—they couldn’t meet the high entrance requirements at most medicals schools nor […]

You Are Not an Algorithm: Why Online Self-Diagnoses Fail

How many people search for health information online?  According to Google, the world’s two billion internet users spend 21% of their online time performing searches, and the single most popular search is for health information.  In fact, eight in ten internet users look online for health information, making it the third most popular online activity […]

The Conflict of Interest Between You and Your Doctor

   A review of the national accounts of thirty industrialized nations reveals that the United States has the highest cost of patient care by far when compared to any other country in the world. As a percentage of Gross National Product, health care in the U.S. consumes over 16% of total productive output, representing almost […]

The Business of Medicine

Most patients probably think of their personal physician in purely altruistic terms — as someone whose primary motivation is the provision of the highest quality care, where the only consideration is what is in the best interests of their patient. For many doctors, this is undoubtedly the case — after all, every one is required […]

Why Doctors Don’t Listen

9.73 minutes. According to a recent study, that’s how long the average doctor spends with you in the examining room before passing judgment with a prognosis and sending you home with a treatment program. Which is usually a prescription to treat the presenting symptoms, not the underlying cause. And because so little time and effort […]