“How much money do journal publishers make? A lot,” a look at the highly profitable world of journal publication, was number 1. Profit margins of the top for medical publishers range from 32% to nearly 42%. It’s a good business to be in.
Next was “A shallow water blackout is a silent killer.” What can happen if you hyperventilate before swimming underwater? You might die.
“How to pick the leading physicians of the world” was a humorous take on an “honor” bestowed upon me by a company that is a little careless about choosing its candidates.
In “Narcotics addicts can sue doctors and pharmacies for ‘enabling’ them,” we learned of a ruling by West Virginia’s highest court that spells trouble for both patients and physicians.
“Antibiotics for appendicitis? No thanks” was a critique of a Finnish randomized prospective trial of antibiotics vs. surgery in uncomplicated appendicitis. I had some serious concerns about the way the study was done and interpreted.
“Do surgeons still do postop care?” was a guest post by a medical hospitalist who felt that surgeons were no longer interested in taking care of their patients after operating. It drew a number of comments.
The seventh most-read post was “So you want to be a radiologist,” written by a radiologist who I asked to respond to an email I received from a pre-med student. It was a nice discussion of the pros and cons of the specialty.