Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Patient’s Voice

The Patient’s Voice

Not long ago I learned that these side effects listed on the package insert are not the ones the patient actually complains of. No, they are the symptoms the patients’ doctors choose to report, the doctors’ impressions of what the patients are describing.

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Can We Measure a "Good Doctor?"

Can We Measure a "Good Doctor?"

What do quality measures actually measure? Can they tell us who is a good doctor, or what makes a good doctor?

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Owning Up to Medical Error

Owning Up to Medical Error

Precisely two weeks after completing my medical internship,I proceeded to nearly kill a patient. July marked the startof my second year of residency at New York City’s BellevueHospital, and it was my first time being fully in charge of a patient.

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