From the Desk of (11/24/07)…

Some miscellany from the week, not requiring blog posts on their own….fromthedeskof.gif

Hope you all had a delightful Thanksgiving and that your leftovers are no longer left over.

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Another quiet week with the arrival of the holiday. I did hear from some folks I’ve not heard from in awhile, with atta-girls for my mention in the Wall Street Journal article this week. Among them, Dr. Allan Showalter who runs a very comprehensive and thought provoking website and blog about medical compliance. He says he’s looking forward to when I finally appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. (hey! me too! isn’t that every boomer’s fantasy? !!) Thanks, my Ozark-bound friend.

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Looks like Dr. Scott Haig has really riled some feathers — both patient-side and physician-side — with his Time/CNN articles about patients who google. Included is my soon-to-be About.com colleague (there’s a hint!) Mary Shoman whose blog was even cited in the New York Times. I posted about the article a week or so ago, and Mary and I see his post differently — but there are a couple of bottom lines to the question. The first one is that if we are to communicate well — patients and doctors — then we need to be able to understand the other’s point of view. And second, that I still believe Dr. Haig misdiagnosed himself. In fact, I don’t think it was so much the fact that his patient had used google to get information about her knee problem; instead, I think she was just obnoxious and honestly, I don’t blame him for not wanting to treat an obnoxious patient.

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My big news? Still on hold for the moment…. fully expect to announce it this week…. and I did give a hint above 🙂

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