9 thoughts on “My Shortest Post Ever in Which, After Letting On That We See a Lot of Minor Complaints in Emergency Medicine it is Explained by Another Writer What the Specialty of Emergency Medicine is All About

  1. Ha! Super short post on your part but the linked article is a really good read. Thanks for linking it.

    (note to self: do not lie to doctors)

  2. Excellent read, thanks for posting it. I don’t understand why people would lie about something as simple as Viagra. I mean, they have to know that doctors see that stuff hundreds of times a week?

  3. Panda,

    You are surely entitled to a short post whenever you want but for those of us who thrive on a steady diet of Pandaisms I have resurrected a few gems which I hope you won’t mind being repeated for you:

    When you’re pushing 100 nothing is really standing between you and the Grim Reaper except he’s finishing his bagel and latte and he’ll get to you when he gets to you, dammit.

    whatever silly health care reform comes out of the trailer parks, ghettos, universities, and other islands of provinciality and entitlement in America,

    it vanishes into the mouldering realm of medical records where the evidence of your compliance with the hospital’s ass-wiping policy will be entombed forever.

    I know your lips get tired reading anything longer than a brief paragraph on your way to naked pictures of Britney Spears but maybe you could read until they cramped, mark the spot, and come back to continue later

    Beaver semen will do, I suppose, but there is no good evidence to support its substitution and I wouldn’t have that kind of quackery in my practice

    The denizen of a mouldering single-wide trailer in Sisterboff, Arkansas


  4. PandaBear and others use this blog to provide their perspective on health care delivery in the hospital but here is another — and developing — perspective that might interest you:

    Glenn Beck of CNN is very unhappy with American hospital care, at least post-op.

    Glenn talks about his experience in the hospital.

    link: http://tinyurl.com/2rydbd

    Beck promises to name names Monday when he’s back on air.

  5. Panda,

    Do you have stories like the one linked to? I read a site which showed that ER physicians were among the most dissatisfied. Is this true?


    (I don’t think EMphysician is disatisfied with her job.  That’s not the idea that I think you can take away from her article.  In fact, the converse is true as the patient and his management exemplifies the finest characteristics of the Emergency Physicians, that is, the drive and the ability to make filet mignon from a shit sandwich.  The fact that the patient eventually died is unfortunate but things could also have gone the other way with a little more luck.  She certainly did everything right including exercising her clinical judgement, something that cannot be standardized onto a form. 

    Emergency Physicians don’t seem dissastisfied to me.  We work decent hours and enjoy fairly good pay especially considering that our residency is only three years. Not only that but we see interesting patients. I am guaranteed to see something either horrifically serious, flat out interesting, or so idiotic as to be sublime at least four or five tiems a shift.-PB)

  6. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I was not implying that EMphysician was dissatisfied with her job. I found that article very interesting and exciting – I bet it lured more than a few people toward the specialty.

    I was simply asking about a study I saw somewhere which said that the EM docs were dissatisfied. I’ll try to find it.

  7. Panda Bear,
    I’ve been following your blogs since a few weeks ago. I’m currently in 12th grade in the US, and was accepted to a 6 year BS/MD program. Hurdle number one–getting into med school–has been beaten! Ive read all of your posts regarding the med school experience, but anything you could email me or tell me personally would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    btw, you’re blogs truly amazing. more comprehensive than the other ones i’ve seen.

  8. Panda Bear,

    Anticipating your usual BS feckless trashing the Hawthorn study above I point you to the following study also reported today in the NYTimes.

    Do you see the three glaring flaws?

    Nostrums: Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

    Published: February 5, 2008

    Aspirin may help reduce the risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests, when taken in large doses over long periods of time.

    …skipping…The study, in the January issue of Gastroenterology, was not randomized,

    Reconstruct link: http















    ERRORS: #1) Not randomized, #2) not double blinded and, #3) did not cite mortality, i.e., treatment confirmed no net improvement to mortality.

    But it will sell more aspirin.

    ‘Ain’t modern medi-sin wunerful?’


    (Dude, I have no clue what you are talking about, its relevance to the above article, or what is your point?  I am happy that you are now starting to realize the criteria for a legitimate study.  As to selling more aspirin…dude…again…aspirin is cheap.  Although Bayer makes the usual half-hearted attempt to push it, it’s not even worth advertising because, while everyone and his mother is on it aspirin is a commodity drug.  One brand is as good as another and nobody is brand loyal like they are to their Viagra or their Lipitor.  It is so cheap that the plastic bottle it comes in is probably most of the price.  The cotton ball probably costs more. -PB)

  9. Panda Bear,

    No wonder you don’t know what I’m referring to since you or your automatic spam filter dumped the post that the following referred to:

    “Anticipating your usual BS feckless trashing the Hawthorn study above I point you to…”

    Geez, this is irritating.

    Here is the title, author, date, source and link to the above referenced Hawthorn study–again!

    “Regimens: An Herbal Extract Eases Symptoms of Heart Failure”

    Published: February 5, 2008

















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