Diagnostics
299 views

Measuring Physician Quality – Bully or Just Plain Bull

Michael Kirsch - May 26, 2016

Patients are amazing creatures.   The current breed is hyperinformed on medical information and has an ever expanding reservoir of physician data to trove through.  I’m not just…

Should the FDA Approve Experimental Treatment for Severe Diseases?
Medical Ethics
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Medical Ethics
252 views

Should the FDA Approve Experimental Treatment for Severe Diseases?

Michael Kirsch - May 9, 2016

I’ve never had the pain and agony of having a kid who is truly sick.  Broken bones and minor surgeries don’t count.  Even one of my kid’s…

Risks of Probiotics – Who Cares?
Policy & Law
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Policy & Law
248 views

Risks of Probiotics – Who Cares?

Michael Kirsch - April 26, 2016

Earlier this year I read about a medical study that concluded that a diet high in saturated fat won’t kill you after all.  Moreover, piling on polyunsaturated…

Calling the Doctor After Hours
Diagnostics
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Diagnostics
194 views

Calling the Doctor After Hours

Michael Kirsch - April 12, 2016

Of course, patients are entitled to medical care around the clock. You would not expect to show up at 2:00 a.m. Of course, patients are entitled to…

Do Nexium and Heartburn Medicines Cause Dementia?
Diagnostics
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Diagnostics
229 views

Do Nexium and Heartburn Medicines Cause Dementia?

Michael Kirsch - March 15, 2016

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are among the most common drugs prescribed in the United States.  They are extremely safe and highly effective for gastroesophageal reflux disease…

Protecting Human Subjects in Medical Research
Diagnostics
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Diagnostics
202 views

Protecting Human Subjects in Medical Research

Michael Kirsch - February 28, 2016

There was a tragedy in France recently that did not involve offensive cartoons, radicalized jihadists or terrorists masquerading as refugees.  Innocent French citizens were taken down by…

Concierge Medicine – Is it Ethical or Elitist?
Diagnostics
332 views
Diagnostics
332 views

Concierge Medicine – Is it Ethical or Elitist?

Michael Kirsch - February 22, 2016

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), perhaps the most prestigious hospital in the United States, has just announced that it is joining the concierge medical universe.  Concierge medicine offers…

Emergency On-Call Physician Policy – A Doctor Dissents
Health Reform
245 views
Health Reform
245 views

Emergency On-Call Physician Policy – A Doctor Dissents

Michael Kirsch - February 16, 2016

I am known by my patients and friends for my calm, imperturbable manner.  Yes, I am equipped with the full range of human emotions, but few folks…

Are High-deductible Health Plans Working?
Health Reform
236 views
Health Reform
236 views

Are High-deductible Health Plans Working?

Michael Kirsch - February 8, 2016

May I whine for a few sentences please?  My staff and I have a high-deductible medical insurance plan.  As the costs of coverage increased each year, we…

Can Physicians Take Vacation?
Wellness
181 views
Wellness
181 views

Can Physicians Take Vacation?

Michael Kirsch - February 2, 2016

Years ago, I was having dinner with 2 members of The Cleveland Orchestra, one of the finest orchestras in the world.  I asked them, with my kids…