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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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Tiring Shoulders by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In general it's not good when you go into a Monday morning dreading going to work, but everyone has these days from time to time. Today it's the feeling of the weight of th ... Read on »
Staff Issues by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Almost anyone can likely relate to having one person in the workplace who creates, or at least, acts as a catalyst for a toxic environment for everyone else. We find oursel ... Read on »
Love and Romance by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It’s been quite a week so far in our small town and when it comes to love and romance it’s seemed even more redneck than usual when. I am always somewhat reluctant to poke f ... Read on »
The Wrong Question by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the midst of the health care debate in Congress I find myself surprisingly limiting my intake of the coverage to only bits and pieces. In fact I often find myself shaking ... Read on »
Why Meds Cost So Much by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Marketing pharmaceuticals is certainly nothing new in medicine, but it does seem as though the industry is trying to become more creative in how it goes about trying to get ... Read on »
The Meaning of Work by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine While we don't often think about work having a great upside, there is value to it. At very least work can be a means to provide oneself and perhaps their family with food a ... Read on »
What Daddy Does by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My six year old daughter has reached a point in her life at which she realizes I don't make stickers and I don't give shots. She has actually expressed an interest in spendi ... Read on »
Identity by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Like many physician bloggers I've chosen to remain anonymous. Most importantly this has added a layer of confidentiality to any patient stories I write about although this ... Read on »
A Tale of Two Brothers by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Two brothers, ages 18 and 21, were in the schedule yesterday with back to back appointments for the same issue--anxiety. They way in which they dealt with essentially the s ... Read on »
Staff Issues by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of the trade offs with the autonomy that comes from owning your own practice is dealing with the headaches of any small business owner. We've been having issues lately w ... Read on »
Consumer Driven Fall Out by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine An interesting couple of comments from my last post regarding Line Line screening which, if you didn't read it, is basically consumer driven testing. One commenter, Sara, s ... Read on »
Full Disclosure on Life Line Screenings by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Recently I wrote a post fairly critical of the Life Line Screening program. People pay $200 for a battery of screening tests which they may or may not really need and are t ... Read on »
Your Witness by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Holding my right hand in their air I said an, "I do" as the judge swore me in. Turning to take my seat on the witness stand I quickly scanned the courtroom as the prosecutin ... Read on »
Sticking to Specialty by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A piece of advice to any specialist who has happened to stumble upon this obscure blog: it's okay just to stick to your organ system and when that evaluation has been compl ... Read on »
Life Line Screening by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine They advertised in our small town with great fanfare and swooped in setting up shop at the local motel. For about $200 they'd run their battery of tests and give you a clean ... 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 »
Husband and Wife by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I strolled into the morning report room just as the resident presented what happened with a ninety year old woman admitted a few nights earlier during the night which was no ... Read on »
Anger to Pity by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine We sat all around the conference table staring at our colleague, another physician at the end. We were gathered at 7am today to discuss his behavior. The details are unimpor ... Read on »
Thank You Note by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is when you know you've done your job well. Dear Drs., My whole family says a HUGE "Thank you" for the wonderful care and consideration you gave to our mom. Ev ... Read on »
Running on Time by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In response to my last post a question was asked, "How do I run on time?" Certainly as a profession physicians do have the reputation of perpetually being behind and I don't ... Read on »