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Benzodiazepines, the Elderly, and Good Clinical Judgement

There has been a steady campaign to convince primary care physicians to stop prescribing long term benzodiazepine treatment to elderly patients. The intense declaratory nature of these admonitions suggests an almost emotional commitment to these recommendations.  The argument against their use includes a loss of effect after as brief a period as 4 weeks, an…

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Bitter Pills

When former president George W Bush had a cardiac stent placed, I gave up. Nothing can stop them. Them being doctors who take care of the highest profile patients while simultaneously being clueless about what they’re doing. Bush had a stress test that was not indicated, then had a cardiac angiogram that was not indicated,…

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