GruntDoc: Patron of the Arts

Chris Muir is an excellent cartoonist. I’ve been supporting him for a while, and today I got my gift in return:


Obama's MedMal progress

Think Fast! book gives interview

Yes, he’s my brother, the smart one. Here he gives an interview to GoRacing TV (new to me) about his book, and why you should definitely buy one for Christmas. Oaky, he didn’t say that, but it’d make an appreciated gift to an aspirng racer…

The interview starts at 1:10

goracingtv on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

The book can be ordered through the web site or through Amazon. (I get nothing from the book sales except satisfaction that my brother the Aerospace Genius has achieved his career dreams).

69th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thanks to our Pearl Harbor vets.

Dr. Wes: Our Health Care Reform Illusion

The idea of a fit for all is an illusion. Justice and equity are seen differently. We imagine some public consensus at our own peril. But honesty has been in short supply. To paraphrase Oprah: what do we know for sure?

Some people want a relationship with a trusted doctor who knows them well. They want to pick the doctor, the neighborhood and the hospital they attend. Others want immediate access and have little trust or interest in a personal relationship with a doctor.

Some people want…

via Dr. Wes: Our Health Care Reform Illusion.

What, one-size-fits-all isn’t a good plan?  It’s almost like we’d need a market to fulfill these disparate desires…

Amon Carter Stadium Demo

Via the Star Telegram:

Movin’ Meat: Market Economics in Action

… All of a sudden, we started seeing large numbers of herion users, many of them “novice” injectors, still using their veins. Most of them were pretty frank that they had only recently started using heroin, and few of them had any record of ER visits for drugs in the past. So, amateur economist that I am, I started systematically asking the heroin users how long they had been using, whether and what they had used before, and why they changed. …

via Movin’ Meat: Market Economics in Action.

Excellent post about economics in action, as seen by an Emergency Medicine physician.

Nice one.

FWIW, Fort Worth is mostly a cocaine town, with a smattering of meth and black tar heroin only once or twice a year.  AFAIK, our Rx drug problem is hydrocodone (sorry about that word, spam filter, you’re about to get a pounding).  I think Oxycodone and its ilk being Schedule II in Texas, requiring different State prescription pads, has kept that class abuse down (some).

Dr. Wes: The Need for Doctors’ Right To Investigative Free Speech

For medical device companies that pay doctors as consultants, they have to be willing to have the knife cut both ways during clinical testing of their devices, regardless of the implications to their investors

via Dr. Wes: The Need for Doctors’ Right To Investigative Free Speech.

Damn right.