Medical Responsibility

An interesting article by  Ronald Hamowy titled “Medical Responsibility” appears in the Fall 2012 issue of the The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. While I don’t agree with the all the points addressed in the article some of the points are worth mentioning.  Ronald says “That we are part of some organic body and that we are interconnected so that we “belong” to and are responsible for each other is basically antithetical to our notion of the sovereignty of the individual. Nothing is more elemental to the nature of man than that he be in control over the decisions that affect him. And no decisions are more central to his existence than the medical care he receives. This extends to being able to determine the type and degree of medical care he opts for and to choose among those who might provide these services. Self-responsibility is not a burden — or at least not just a burden — but a method of insuring that the each of us has plenary control over our lives. And the only economic system compatible with individual autonomy is one of free markets, which also serves as the most efficient system for the production […]

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Unnecessary Medical Care and Over Used Tests: The Choosing Wisely Campaign

The Choosing Wisely Campaign is an initiative which I believe I first heard about in late 2010 launched by the ACR (American College of Radiation as the Imaging Wisely Campaign) The Imagely Wisely Campaign was designed to have people aware of the fact that certain medical imaging tests such as CT exams were sometimes over used and did not always have to be used in some instances. It seems that the Choosing Wisely Campaign was launched by the ABIM Foundation which is an organization designed to advance medical professionalism to improve patient care. In April 2012 the Choosing Wisely Campaign released some lists of tests and procedures commonly done in 9 medical professions that should be questioned.  In February 2013 an additional 18 lists of tests or procedures were released. The press release is located at http://www.choosingwisely.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/021513_CW-Phase-II-Press-Release-FINAL.pdf On the website of the Choosing Wisely Campaign it states “An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm.” Consumer Reports is involved in helping to disseminate information to patients in a more […]

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Oral Surgery Misconduct During Wisdom Teeth Removal

In other posts on this blog I have talked about unfortunately there have been cases of misconduct occuring during wisdom teeth removal. See for example In Light of the Allegations of Child Sex Abuse at Penn State… and expanded on and discussed in greater detail over at http://www.teethremoval.com/sexual_assault_under_anesthesia_for_wisdom_teeth_removal.html. In a recent case an oral surgeon in Massachusetts  was found guilty of fondling a 16 year old female patient while she was under sedation and having her wisdom teeth extracted. The oral surgeon was convicted of incident assault and battery and sentenced to 1 year in jail.  The patient in this case was fully clothed and another staff member of the dental team saw the misconduct occurring. These cases are unfortunate. In order for both patients and dentists and/or surgeons to avoid issues nurses or other chaperones should be present during the surgery. In addition, in other cases, a side effect of some of the drugs given during surgery is sexual hallucinations. Therefore, there may be instances where misconduct really did not occur but the patient believed it did. Hence, a nurse or other chaperone present can help mitigate potential issues that can arise. Source: Boston Herald, Mass oral surgeon guilty of […]

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Aggressive Dental Marketing Practices

Several years ago I posted a controversial post titled Dental Practices of some Dentists Websites Online is Questionable. In this post I discussed how I am frustrated by website users who register on forums and post topics and reply to topics with a signature that includes an html link to their (or a client’s) website. I called this a questionable search engine optimization strategy. Unfortunately this tactic continues to rage on and I actively have to fight it off and know that other website owners do so as well. Recently, I have become a bit irrated by a particular website: wisdomteethremoval.com. This website essentially has the same domain name as mine teethremoval.com except it has a wisdom added on to the front. Now clearly I deem this website as in direct competition with my website and attempting to divert attention away from my website. Now this website is also engaging in some Aggressive Search Engine Optimization Strategies. The website runs an answers page http://www.wisdomteethremoval.com/answers. If you look carefully at the questions and answers in this page you will see that they are being copied and pasted directly from Yahoo Answers. 1) From http://www.wisdomteethremoval.com/answers/question/what-happens-when-you-get-your-wisdom-teeth-out/ 2) From http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091210180305AAYUyK6 This copying and pasting […]

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The Best Dental Websites Online

Recently I was made aware that my blog here at blog.teethremoval.com was included as one of the Best 7 Dental Websites Online right now over at http://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/best-dental-websites-online-right-now The 7 contestants include: The Dental Warrior Teeth Removal (this site) Dr. Chetan Brookside Dental Dr. Tom Farley Modern Dental Marketing The Junior Dentist Of course if you run a dental website and were not included in the list, you probably are quite upset and wondering how the websites were selected. The post says “…we only picked websites that were interesting to us. Sure, we could have done things by the book and found the most “educational” dental websites with pictures telling you exactly how to do thing A or thing B. Instead, we picked websites with a unique view of the dental profession. We looked at the overall design of the site, the content found on the site and the personality behind the site.” A poll powered by polldaddy is currently taking entries for the 7 possible contestants. Right now 11 votes have been cast and the The Dental Warrior is in first place. So if you feel inclined you can go over to the website and cast your vote. The previous […]

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