Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival

The “Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review and blog carnival” is a weekly summary of the best posts from medical blogs. Feel free to send your suggestions to my email at Best of Medical Blogs (BMB) is published every Tuesday, just like the old Grand Rounds.

A list of predictions on where US health care is headed regardless of Tuesday’s presidential election - from the blog Glass Hospital

Whither the stethoscope?

From Notes from Dr. RW: Well, after all, the thinking goes, why work to maintain auscultatory skills when you can just get an echo? As this article in CCJM points out, that's dangerous thinking. Echocardiography can mislead. If it doesn't correlate with basic clinical data something's wrong. As the late J.Willis Hurst was fond of saying, master low technology (basic clinical skills) or you're bound to abuse high technology.

You CAN enjoy Twitter without tweeting

From AllergyNet: This tweet recently crossed my timeline: “If you don’t engage, there is no point having followers. Agree?” No. I don’t agree. Why? Because a comment like that immediately disenfranchises the 40% of those on Twitter who never tweet. These are the same people that go to public meetings and never ask questions. This is acceptable in a public meeting, and it should be on Twitter. Being inactive does not mean being disinterested.

We order too many preop tests, says Skeptical Scalpel

From from the former department chairman, Skeptical Scalpel: "As far as I can tell, "I was following evidence-based guidelines" is not a foolproof defense against a malpractice suit. While there have been some attempts to legislate that following evidence-based guidelines should "immunize" doctors against malpractice suits, to my knowledge, no such laws exist."

Animal Healthcare - Life as a Healthcare CIO

Enjoy the Music, Skip the Hearing Loss

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