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Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor

Specialty: Family Medicine
Small Town, Washington
Writing about the practice of 21st century country medicine from the heart of logging and farming country in Washington State
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"Dude, That's Sooo Coool" by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Apparently you could smell him throughout the waiting room and as he walked into the exam room the nurse could almost see the cloud of marijuana smoke surrounding him. He was ... Read on »
"I Hate to Ask You, But..." by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Usually when I hear a patient ask me this question I brace for a request for some controlled substance, or to see their train wreck of a family member, or worse yet, to fill o ... Read on »
"Two-Fers" by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of my radiculously simple joys in medication prescribing is when I can write for one medication that covers two or more conditions. Classic examples include diphenhydrami ... Read on »
100th Entry! by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My Blogger Dashboard here tells me this is my 100th episode. "Notes from the Country Doctor" began on July 2, 2006. It had somewhat of an unauspicious start as I was still f ... Read on »
140 Miles by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The life of a rural doctor sometimes involves quite a bit of driving. Given the gas prices these days it certainly starts to add up in both time and money. Here was my day ... Read on »
54+ 18 is more than 36+36 by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I've written and ranted many times before about insurance company formularies and the hoops that are set up to jump through not for logical clinical sense, but merely to be ... Read on »
A $2000 Steak by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On the inpatient service this weekend we had one of the more frustrating medical conditions to manage called chronic pancreatitis. This vexing diagnosis, often based just on ... Read on »
A Catered Affair by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Spoke at a local civic group meeting yesterday and I really wasn't sure what to expect. The topic, the future of health care, I knew, but I wasn't sure about what the setting ... Read on »
A Change in Plans by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I intended to blog today about a fiesty middle aged woman who despite injuries to her dominant right arm from a motor vehicle accident managed to shoot grouse off of her por ... Read on »
A Christmas Ending by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I'm not one for Christmas miracles, so I won't say this counts as one, but a happy ending it is nonetheless. In my last post I told the story of a couple married sixty plus ... Read on »
A Confession by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have a confession to make. I am a sexist and a male chauvinist pig. I think. I honestly and sadly hang my head in shame. I am not the progressive supporter of women’s ... Read on »
A country doctor's diary (#1) by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine 5:30 am Woke up at usual time, checked email, and watched a little news. Journal club is tonight and I still have to find an interesting article to share with the group. Fou ... Read on »
A Few Good Men (or Residents) by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There seems to be a number of reports in the media lately saying that doctors, and in particular doctors in training, need to be getting more sleep than they are if they are n ... Read on »
A New Low by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Going through my day yesterday all was well and fairly uneventful. No major problems with patients, insurance companies, or staff. In the afternoon, one of the nurses took ... Read on »
A New Perspective by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of my partners just came back from a brief medical mission type experience in a developing nation. She worked at a rural/remote clinic seeing 60-80 patients a day, delive ... Read on »
A Nice Pat on the Back by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Anyone who has done any trauma or emergency room work knows that people involved in various altercations or questionable business when questioned always come in saying, "I d ... Read on »
A Pat on the Back by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Every now and then I get one right. I don't mean an easy diabetes or heart failure exacerbation or something usually relatively straightforward to diagnose. From time to tim ... Read on »
A Pat on the Back by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The first year resident was clearly anxious about the patient in front of her. We just delivered her a few hours earlier and she felt she was bleeding more than she should b ... Read on »
A Pig Wouldn't Eat It by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Hospital food is the stuff of medical lore and legend. Bland overcooked vegetables, shoe leather meat, and foods of various shades of grey stud plastic hospital trays all ove ... Read on »
A poem by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "All honor to the specialist, but hail to that type of practitioner that Carleton had in mind when he wrote these lines: 'In the night-time or the day-time he would rall ... Read on »