Hanging up my shingle

I never know where to start things so I’m just going to start in the middle, and work my way to the edges. This is what I’d like to do with this blog, and why.

1. I’d like to Teach people about medicine as it relates to their health. I’ve noticed the average person doesn’t really understand what medicines they’re taking why they’re taking it, or why that would even be important.

I want to be clear about this; I will not treat people over the internet. By writing an article about hypertension I’m not giving you medical advice about hypertension, and you cannot print my blog off, take it to the pharmacy and get some pills.

What I am trying to do, is educate you. I want you to read, and then go to your doctor and say “Hey so I read this about hypertension, is that kid full of it, or is this something we should think about?”

This absolutely includes debunking bad medicine, but I hope to do it in an educational way: rather than saying “Honey doesn’t cure cancer stupid”, I’ll try to say “This is honey doesn’t cure cancer, heres the evidence.”

2. Speaking of evidence, I want to introduce science and evidence based medicine (EBM) to people who don’t know about it.

EBM is a movement in medicine away from anecdotes and “this is just how I do it” as a reasons for what we do, towards using science, statistics and the experiences of lots of doctors, as evidence to decide what we do.

I want you to know why this is important, and how this affects you. Rather than get your information about medicine from the 10th ad for Cialis that leaves you thinking “Well I know Mike Ditka likes it, but what the heck does it do?” Everyone should be able to proficiently google, or talk to their doctor, about the real evidence.

3. Debunk ER, House, and even Scrubs: The popular media describes doctors in completely unrealistic ways: somehow all the good doctors are poor and drive beat up cars, and all the bad doctors are flashy Mercedes driving tools. For some reason good doctors usually have bad tempers, bad manners and can’t talk to someone for three minutes without being condescending.

I’d like to bring you a realistic view of medicine, from behind the curtain. I’ll be writing about my personal experiences in medicine and hopefully show you that medicine is harder, stranger, cooler, and far more rewarding than you’ve ever seen on TV.

4. I’d like to write clearly enough that people with a high school education can read it. But I’d also like to be substantive enough that the discriminating blog-reading public will be entertained, and hopefully informed. Along the way, a few laughs would be nice.

To help with all that, I’d love for all you readers out there to contact me directly. Click here to get my email address (it’s only hidden to avoid spam) or leave a comment anywhere on the blog -I’ll make every effort to reply. I guarantee that I will read every email, and I will reply to as many as I can. I will never share your information with anyone without your permission, see my disclaimers for all questions about privacy. If you want to give me permission to blog about your question (without revealing any information about you) please say so in your email.

Just to be clear, I absolutely don’t want you to email me saying “Hey Whitecoat Tales, my blood pressure was 170/100 today, what should I do?” My answer will ALWAYS be “Go see your doctor!” I do want you to email me saying “Hey Whitecoat Tales, I saw this article about Echinacea, is it for real? Feel free to blog about this.”

Hopefully that’s enough of a rundown that everyone will check back again for a real update, or email me questions. For now, Enjoy!

-Whitecoat Tales

This post last edited 3/29/09

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4 Comments on “Hanging up my shingle”

  1. Great post Doctor, What a great service you provide too. All the best. JPH

  2. Why thank ya sir. Until I actually earn the MD I’m avoiding being called “Doctor”, and while the school tells us “Student-Doctor” is appropriate, I think it sounds silly.

    I’m glad you found it enjoyable, hopefully everyone else will too!

  3. leigh Says:

    good luck on your new blog venture! i’m adding you to my reader. i’ll also put you on my blogroll when i update it next. (i am lazy about this.)

  4. JLK Says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

    But I have to say, please don’t ruin House for me. I love thinking that there might be some super-genius diagnostic med doctor out there somewhere.

    Besides, he’s taught me that it’s NEVER lupis! 😉

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