Should Patients Consult Dr. Google?
Diagnostics
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Diagnostics
630 views

Should Patients Consult Dr. Google?

Michael Kirsch - January 19, 2016

You see your gastroenterologist with long standing stomach pain.  You have undergone a reasonable evaluation and all the endoscopic bodily invasions and imaging studies of your abdomen…

Why My  Patient Left the Office
Medical Ethics
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Medical Ethics
662 views

Why My Patient Left the Office

Michael Kirsch - January 11, 2016

A patient came to the office and refused to see me, although I was quite willing to see him.  I’ll present the scenario followed by the patient’s…

Was Granny Sent Home from the Hospital Too Soon?
Hospital Administration
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Hospital Administration
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Was Granny Sent Home from the Hospital Too Soon?

Michael Kirsch - December 14, 2015

Over the years, I have heard families bemoan that their relative who was just readmitted to the hospital was sent home too early just a few days…

Am I Too Old for a Colonoscopy?
Diagnostics
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Diagnostics
794 views

Am I Too Old for a Colonoscopy?

Michael Kirsch - December 7, 2015

Most of us are familiar with the concept of medical guidelines. These are sets of criteria that are supposed to ‘guide’ physicians facing certain medical circumstances. As…

Is E-mailing with Patients a Good Idea?
eHealth
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eHealth
807 views

Is E-mailing with Patients a Good Idea?

Michael Kirsch - November 23, 2015

Physicians speak with patients every day on the phone for a variety of reasons. Our practice now uses a portal system, giving patients access to some of…

Gadzooks!  There’s Gluten in my Cheerios!
Policy & Law
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Policy & Law
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Gadzooks! There’s Gluten in my Cheerios!

Michael Kirsch - November 17, 2015

Gluten is in the news again.  Gluten and probiotics are among the two dietary issues that most consume my patients.  I am asked for my opinion on…

When Should a Doctor Lose His License?
Medical Ethics
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Medical Ethics
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When Should a Doctor Lose His License?

Michael Kirsch - November 2, 2015

This afternoon, as I write this, a professional football player was ejected from a game for committing the transgression of unnecessary roughness. This infraction should be taken…

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Probiotics Cure All!
Wellness
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Wellness
463 views

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Probiotics Cure All!

Michael Kirsch - October 25, 2015

A probiotic rep came to our office bearing lunch and billions of bacteria.  Who on their staff, I queried, counts the bacteria verifying that each packet has…

The Daraprim Debacle – The Smell Test Sniffs Out Price Gouging.
Business
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Business
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The Daraprim Debacle – The Smell Test Sniffs Out Price Gouging.

Michael Kirsch - October 19, 2015

You don’t need to be an ear, nose & throat doctor to be conversant with the ‘smell test’.   We use this technique in everyday life.  This diagnostic…

Is More Gun Control the RIght Prescription?
Policy & Law
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Policy & Law
424 views

Is More Gun Control the RIght Prescription?

Michael Kirsch - October 11, 2015

Guns are in the news again.  Here are some incontrovertible facts. Mass murders committed by young males have become a new phenomenon in American life.Individuals who should not…