Sunday, May 17, 2009

What happened to second opinion?

The Devil Inside Wired Medicine -

Dr. Howard Croft, who treats patients at rival hospital Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee, says the software helped him avoid an unneeded ultrasound on a woman who was in denial that her fetus was dead. Another hospital had already confirmed this.

It's incredible that a doctor would do this to a patient. If it happens to you, do not let doctor's bully you. Imagine coming to a doctor for a second opinion and hearing that you're in denial because another hospital already did the test.

Of course some people may be "in denial" but refusing a test to a concerned patient simply because a test has already been done cannot be a guiding principle for doctors.

There are lots of resource online that will help you decide if getting a second opinion makes sense in your case. Here's one:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Also read Dan Gilbert

What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)

Dan Gilbert also wrote a lot about happiness. His book "Stumbling on Happiness" ( is a good read but if you want a short overview, you can watch his youtube video "Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?":