One Doctor

Monday, September 09, 2013

Dr. Brendan Reilly discusses dealing with daunting challenges of caring his patients at a renowned teaching hospital while also caring for his 90-year-old parents He  looks at the ways medicine has changed during his career, for both better and worse. His book One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine explores a fragmented, depersonal­ized, business-driven health-care system where real caring is hard to find.


Dr. Brendan Reilly

Comments [4]

Kate from Washington Heights

I never want antibiotics but every time I see the doctor they insist on giving me an antibiotic.

Sep. 09 2013 01:55 PM
anon from NY, NY

Not sure if you have already talked about this, but our insurance system makes it hard to have one doctor for many years. I've had to switch doctors who I saw for a long time simply because I changed jobs and my health insurance changed. I would have preferred to stay with those doctors but was in a new network and couldn't do so.

Sep. 09 2013 01:54 PM
Amy from Manhattan

It sounds as if the doctors who rely on their instinct (though that may be based on experience) & say they don't need checklists or algorithms are the ones most likely to make assumptions that may not apply in some cases & have reason to feel guilty if they misdiagnose a patient.

Sep. 09 2013 01:53 PM
Shawn from Bergen County

I'm an orthopaedic surgeon. I think the internal medical doctors like to pretend that income is the end all be all for medical students, and that salary is the only deciding factor for choosing a specialty.

The fact is that I am extraordinarily happy with my chose subspecialty, and I would choose not to be a doctor if only internal medicine were available to me. I hated my internal medicine rotation. It was incredibly boring, took forever to do nothing, and almost drove me insane. The internal medicine doctors are loaded with paperwork, sick patients with chronic illness who rarely get better, and they sit in an office or hospital all day. I get to work with my hands, my patients tend to have a high baseline level of health, and I get them back to normal with my work.

If anyone is entering medicine, any subspecialty, for the money they are crazy. If I wanted to be rich I wouldn't be a doctor.

Sep. 09 2013 01:45 PM

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