As both a patient and physician, Dr. Marlene Beggelman wondered: Why didn’t my doctors recognize the side effect? Why didn't they choose a safer drug? Why didn’t I do my homework before agreeing to this medication?
"I have not met a single primary care provider who has decided to start opioids for a patient. Rather, we are dealing with the 'inherited' pain patient, who has been prescribed opioids by someone else."
An obesity specialist responds to a doctor who has largely stopped telling her patients to lose weight: "We should be willing to treat obesity as the disease that it is. And that means we start by talking about it."
Letitia Browne-James struggled with epilepsy-induced seizures and brain fog until she was 31. Then a surgeon removed a small piece of her brain. In the four years since the operation, she hasn't had a seizure, and relishes the new clarity of her mind.
A personal pondering for this election season and beyond: Is it a doctor's duty to stay out of the political fray? Or, sometimes, step into it? What if doing so might hinder the doctor-patient relationship?