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primum non nocere

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:21am

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primum non nocere


Being back at the Burrill’s Personalized Medicine Conference in San Francisco again this year has rekindled my passion to start a blog.  As, I have now a growing medical practice I have been encouraged to start blogging again by a number of people in attendance, including Steve Murphy, David Ewing Duncan and Aaron Rowe.

One of the things that really jumped out at me this year, was the need to prioritize our approach to Personalized Medicine.  I think that we at doing much better at  defining what it means and I think that the next logical step is to decide what to do first.

Thus, I am guided by the foundation of my medical training.  During my first year of medical school, all medical student go thru the white coat ceremony and make an oath to the art of medicine.  Included in this oath, is the dictum “ primum non nocere ”  or “First, do no harm”.  

Did you know that in the United States that are about 100,000 deaths every year as a result of medical errors?

While Steve Burrill defined the priority of Personalized Medicine as given the right drug, to the right patient at the right time, I believe that our first priority in the medical community should be to start defining the WRONG DRUG to the WRONG PATIENT at the WRONG TIME.

Ego, my research priority is in the pharmacogenomics of adverse drug reactions, both serious and mild.

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