Skeptical Scalpel

What Is the Best Way to Die? | Medical Blog

One well-known physician-author favors a prolonged death by cancer and thinks this idyllic cancer death is easily achievable with "love, morphine, and whiskey."

Tsundoku | Medical Blog

Maybe the definition of tsundoku should be expanded to include the act of leaving a link unread after tweeting it, typically piled up together with other such unread links.

Should Academic Cardiologists Go to National Meetings All the Time? | Medical Blog

"It is reassuring that patient outcomes do not suffer while many cardiologists are away." That's what I call putting a positive spin on as negative a study as one could imagine.

Does Anyone Really Read Anything Online? | Medical Blog

Analysis of 10,000 articles shared on social media "found that there is no relationship whatsoever between the amount a piece of content is shared and the amount of attention an average reader will give that content."

Medicare Spends a Lot Unnecessarily | Medical Blog

"Why does Medicare pay for all these unnecessary tests and drugs? Office visits and routine blood work every 6 months seem easy enough to identify and squelch."

Allegations of the 1960s: A Throwback Surgeon? | Medical Blog

"The story has not appeared in any mainstream media, but the filed complaint (allegedly) didn't miss too many human resources hot buttons."

Surgery in Space: I Foresee Problems | Medical Blog

The plan is to train the astronauts to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery on each other. What could go wrong?

Adverse Events in California Hospitals: Look at the Data | Medical Blog

I would take my chances at a hospital diligent about identifying and tracking adverse events over a hospital that reports one adverse event every 4 years.

Examples of Annoying Medical Reporting | Medical Blog

1. An article in Time magazine is headlined “It’s Not You, Doctors Are Just Rude.” The first sentence of the article is “Doctors-in-training are in need of

Does Lowering Speed Limits Save Lives? | Medical Blog

New York City's new speed limit undoubtedly lets the politicians and maybe the public feel that they are doing something about traffic fatalities.

Publishing Ratings for Airline Pilots? | Medical Blog

Scores, hours, and passenger ratings should then be publicly available and linked to airline ticket booking sites. This would enable passengers to select flights based on the skills of pilots.

Gladwell: Any College Grad Can Be a Cardiac Surgeon | Medical Blog

Instead of evidence, Gladwell replied, "I have a very low opinion of the difficulty of cardiac surgery" and equated the complexity of cardiac surgery with that of driving a car.

Anesthesia vs. Surgery: Can’t We All Just Get Along? | Medical Blog

"Anesthesia is one of the few specialties that you must consult and work with but have no control over who is assigned to your cases. "

A Closer Look at Medicare’s Doctor Payment Data | Medical Blog

Why does the Wall Street Journal have to point out such flagrant outliers? What do they know about detecting these practices that Medicare could not do for itself?

I’m Thirsty. What Should I Drink? | Medical Blog

“OK, there’s always tap water. But due to the amount of estrogen in the water, some fish have been developing eggs in their testes. That’s bad."

A Novel Technique for Gall Bladder Removal? | Medical Blog

"No disadvantage" is another way of saying, "No advantage."

What’s the Point of Medical Licensing? | Medical Blog

"Word of mouth and reputation are the best indicators of a surgeon's ability, anything beyond that is useless."

What is Professionalism? | Medical Blog

I think character judgments are strongly related to medical education, but how are medical schools and residency programs supposed to teach professionalism and assess whether their trainees possess it, if it is so ill-defined?

Universal Medical Licensing? Won’t Happen | Medical Blog

Universal medical licensing is a great idea, but the states will never give up this money.

Attack of The Scribes | Medical Blog

The emergence of the electronic medical record (EMR) has spawned a new occupation—the scribe. A scribe is someone who accompanies a physician and documents the interchange between

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