Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Say What?

While catching up on my journal reading, trying to lower the stack of old American Family Physicans in my office, I came across this gem of a sentence in the abstract of Cirrhosis and Chronic Liver Failure:
"Unnecessary medications and surgical procedures should be avoided in patients with cirrhosis."
Got it. Reserve unnecessary medications for hypertensives with good blood pressure control and diabetics with A1Cs under 7%. Unnecessary surgical procedures may be performed between exacerbations of COPD. Both should be avoided in liver disease.

What were they thinking?

3 Comments:

At Wed Apr 11, 07:42:00 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Well stated! I love the idiocy of many medical articles. Listen to these guys talk - even dumber

 
At Wed Apr 11, 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous beajerry said...

That's funny!

 
At Thu Apr 12, 12:46:00 AM, Anonymous GP from Malaysia said...

Hi!

I think what the author meant by 'unnecessary medication' was for eg. Viagra for ED, and 'unnecessary surgical procedure' for eg. Liposuction for abdominal obesity.

cheers

 

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