David J. Elpern, MD, is a dermatologist in Williamstown, Massachusetts whose entire professional career has been as a clinician. My philosophy of medicine is best summarized by William Osler’s words: “The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade: a calling not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with powders or potions…” I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concept that if some health care is good, more must be better is over-simplistic, and often wasteful, even harmful. This applies to treatment interventions and diagnostic testing, which can lead to a cascade of unplanned interventions. In this session, three front-line doctors, working in disparate fields (Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, and Family Medicine), will present […]