What Are Physicians Doing Now That Will Look Ridiculous 50 Years Later?

For potential candidates, keep track of Paul Maher’s (Skeptic’s) Health Journal Club blog.

Not Paul Maher, M.D.

I had an elderly patient who had been given radiation therapy for tonsillitis as a girl.  This was maybe 60 years ago.  I had never even heard of such therapy.  Much later in life, she developed thyroid cancer.  Did the radiation exposure cause her thyroid cancer?  Hard to prove, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Did you know that schizophrenia was once treated with brain surgery and insulin shock (physician-induced hypglycemia)? 

Not any more.

Have you heard of Gardasil, available for a couple years as a vaccine given to adolescent girls and young women to prevent cervical cancer?  I bet you’ve heard of it if you live in Texas because Governor Rick Perry mandated its administration to public school girls.  [He was over-ruled.]  If memory serves me well, Perry’s wife was on the payroll of the company that makes the vaccine. 

Dr. Maher (M.D, M.P.H) examines the data on Gardasil in a May 24, 2010 post

Steve Parker, M.D.

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