Why you should listen to the doctors on Twitter

Micro-blogging on Twitter is easy, fun and can be useful and educational if you follow/subscribe to interesting people. Two interesting discussion threads are posted below -- one comments on the demise of physical diagnosis in clinical medicine and the other one on the importance of radiology for development of medicine. Check for yourself to see why you should listen to the doctors on Twitter (the oldest post is at the bottom, the newest at the top):

ruraldoctoring @drval I was humiliated on principle in Neurology. But our attending was AMAZING. Watching him find the lesion was like magic.
drval @ruraldoctoring My neuro profs loved to play "where is the lesion?" We had to figure it out by exam. Then humiliated if the CT was different
ruraldoctoring @scanman Now that we have CT & MRI and must order them to verify physical dx (medicolegal), most of us don't bother. Except @Bongi1.
ruraldoctoring @scanman I had a Neuro attending who trained during the era of pneumoencephalograms. He & his cohort could dx everything on exam alone.
ruraldoctoring @scanman True. Only sad thing is the era of the great physical diagnostician is becoming extinct, imho.
scanman Actually, the discovery of xrays brought medicine out of the dark ages faster than the acceptance of germ theory.
scanman @ruraldoctoring Radiology has been dragging most of medicine into the 21st century. But the other specialties won't acknowledge that.

My Twitter account is AllergyNotes. You can read more here: A Doctor's Opinion: Why I Started Microblogging on Twitter.

Updated: 10/04/2008

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