Author | Jan Henderson, PhD

Articles

From MD to MBA: The Business of Primary Care

March 18, 2011

You could argue that medicine was never meant to become a for-profit business the way selling cars, cosmetics, and fast food are businesses. And yet, in the United States, health care has become a for-profit business. The story of how this happened is complex, but decisive elements include the advent of Medicaid and Medicare in 1966 and the widespread availability of employer-sponsored health insurance.

Are Doctors Tired of Practicing Medicine?

February 15, 2011

Sandeep Juahar, who wrote an excellent warts-and-all account of his medical education in Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation, is now old enough to be having a midlife crisis. In a recent New York Times essay, he may or may not have been projecting his own current feelings of disillusion onto the entire medical profession. He writes about the sorry state of medical practice today.

The Physical Exam and Society’s Regard for Physicians: A History

January 24, 2011

The physical exam – looking into the eyes and throat, taking the blood pressure, sounding the chest – is part of the process of medical diagnosis. It's one way a physician attempts to determine the cause of a patient's complaint.

The Death of Wang Bei: Cosmetic Surgery as a Moral Choice

December 23, 2010

In my customized Google news, I have a category for cosmetic surgery. Most items that turn up are self-serving PR announcements, but recently there was lengthy coverage of the death during cosmetic surgery of aspiring Chinese pop star Wang Bei.

The Tyranny of Health Then and Now

November 17, 2010

When we hear the words "tyranny of health" these days, it's usually a reference to the tyranny of a government imposing unwanted health care on its citizens. It brings to mind images of protesters carrying signs that denounce the "socialism" of Obamacare.