Have you ever coerced your doctor into prescribing an antibiotic?

I used to. I stopped. Here’s why. Like many people I know I also stockpiled antibiotics thinking I knew when to call my physician and get his approval or would infrequently simply start myself on an antibiotic regimen. ZPack for an upper respiratory infection. Augmentin for a sinus infection. Cipro for a prostate discomfort. Doxycycline

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It’s like the Wild, Wild West, the (physician specialty) turf wars…. (A)

My first experience with clinical turf competition was in 1968 as administrator of the Department of Surgery at Wilford Hall U.S.A.F. Medical Center. The Chiefs of general surgery, E.N.T., and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery each needed Head & Neck surgical cases for their residents. Time and time again protocols were agreed upon to rotate the cases

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Do you want to be treated by a stranger when you are admitted to the hospital? Every practicing physician should have hospital privileges.

Two recent health care episodes have sharpened my conviction that every practicing physician should be affiliated with a hospital. In December I was admitted to the hospital for one night for observation. My care was managed by my gastroenterologist and my primary care physician, both of whom I have been with for almost twenty years.

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Stop the name games! University hospitals and regional medical centers should live up to their billing *

Remember when a hospital was just a hospital, and its reputation spoke for itself? Now we have a plethora of self named healthcare institutions such as clinics, community hospitals, institutes, medical centers, national hospitals, specialty hospitals, and teaching hospitals. My home state of New Jersey, for example, started with one children’s hospital in Newark, followed

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