Category Archives: Medicine

Socialized Medicine, as promoted by a conservative commenter?

I would suggest that the mid level practitioner and a Walgreens lab are no substitute for a physician, but then I only have 43 years of experience as a general/primary care/family/corrections/emergency physician.

Continue reading

About these ads

Medical Conspiracy Theory

Following the assassination of JFK in November, 1963, the word “conspiracy” would enter common parlance. Defined as “A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful” [Oxford Dictionaries], the term leaves plenty of room for interpretation. At the very least, who decides what is “unlawful” or “harmful”? How can we be sure that the entity determining this is not itself a conspiracy? As the kids might say, “How meta can you get?”

Continue reading

Why epinephrine for resuscitation?

Roger, a commmenter and regular here at junkscience, commented he didn’t see why a vasoconstrictor was indicated for resuscitation. He was puzzled about my posting about the reasons for poor results using epinephrine in resuscitation, and asked a good question–why use vasoconstrictors to improve circulation–seems counterintuitive to him and would reduce circulation. He pointed out that making pipes smaller usually causes reduced volume of circulation.
Continue reading

This is why some Medical Journals need to be more careful

So read this and see if you can understand why, as an emergency physician, I want to object.

Continue reading

So what about heroic ventricular surgery for heart failure?

One of our readers asked about ventricular resection for heart failure.

Continue reading

Ketamine gets a push for depression–bad idea?

Ketamine is a dissociative agent–this promo for Ketamine as an antidepressant is fraught with down side problems.

Continue reading

Fake drugs from China?

Here’s a possible problem?

Continue reading