About This Blog

Whitecoat Tales is the nom de blog of a midwestern 3rd4th year medical student. He is far enough in his training as a physician to want to hand out advice to everyone, about everything, but not so far that he has forgotten how to speak english.

In an effort to understand where his patients get their information, he asked around, and discovered the internet.  Specifically he has discovered that his patients trust anything found on the internet more than anything a physician says, especially if someone famous said it. He also learned that your average health/science  writing is great writing, but bad medicine.

Now he’s taking to the streets – er tubes- with this blog, to educate the average person about medicine, and science. Hopefully he’ll attract some real talent to help discuss and explain said medicine and science for the average person. Along the way he’d like to give the audience a behind-the-curtains view of medicine, and to see doctors as real people, instead of demigods, or rich jerks with fancy cars.

He also finds writing in the third person oddly liberating.

My fiance’ recently (and correctly) pointed out that it’s basically impossible to find the best posts on my blog. To at least partially remedy the situation, I’m going to rotate some of my favorite pieces here. I’ll also have some permanent links to feature pieces that I think are worth new readers taking a look at.

 My personal favorites:

  • Bittersweet – A story I wrote about my first delivery, perhaps also about life and death, and how doctors cope with those
  • My Motivation – After about the millionth denialist called me closed minded, claimed I was a pharma shill, and asked me what my real motivation was, I wrote this brief piece discussing why I do what I do.


Hard Conversations

Technically these posts fall under pro-science/anti-pseudoscience as well. I’d like to consider Hard Conversations (eventually) my flagship series. The vision is multipart series discussing a particular pseudoscientific belief in detail. In these series we will be discussing the actual evidence, and contrasting the evidence to the demagoguery used by denialists to confuse people. I’m aiming these posts at average people, who haven’t made up their minds on the subjects at hand.

Hard conversations I: Vaccines and Autism

This page was last updated on 5/25/09.


4 Comments on “About This Blog”

  1. platygirl Says:

    I like the new blog….but I have to know whilst you are still a student…what fancy car are you going to get when you are a rich jerk?

    • Why thank you!
      I’m not sure about the car though, I drive a chevy cavalier now, and I see myself driving it until its pretty cruddy… Haven’t you seen ER? The good doctors drive crappy cars, if I buy and Audi or something I’ll kill people!

  2. RickK Says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading so far. Good job! You’re starting out with a great, productive tone.

    Best of luck maintaining the tone and your sanity as people who have MUCH more time than you do, and vast numbers of links, begin to give you the full force of their comments.

    Thanks for your efforts!

  3. Alex Says:

    It certainly sounds like youre going to be a great asset to the profession, but I do have a caution for you: dont fall into the greed of big pharmaceutical companies pressuring doctors to peddle their wares. if you think Im being paranoid, then please read the following:


    This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

    here’s a link to the class action lawsuit against Merck


    And before the misunderstanding even occurs, let me apply some preventative medicine: Im not bashing DOCTORS! I specifically stated that Ive met several doctors (or read their blogs), many of whom bash pharmaceutical companies for trying to push them to prescribe medications which they, THE DOCTORS, dont want to prescribe. I also posted a link to a class action lawsuit in Australia concerning Merck, which proves my point.

    a recent NY Times article mentions a group of Harvard Med School students in a pharmacology class who got ticked off when a professor dissed one of the students for questioning the side effects of a cholesterol lowering drug. One of the students investigated and found that the prof was a paid consultant for several pharma companies some of which manufacture chloesterol lowering drugs.

    Remember, health >>> greed/money/power.

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