Monday, December 21, 2015

My top seven posts of 2015

I’ve been blogging since July of 2010. Here is a list of my most viewed posts of 2015. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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.


Akshay S Dinesh said...

Hi skeptical scalpel. I started following this amazing blog yesterday when I was searching for "thyroid steal" and landed on

So, this post compiling some top posts is a welcome gift for me :D

Also, you seem to have linked “How to pick the leading physicians of the world” to the wrong post

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Akshay, Thank you for pointing out my error. I have corrected it. There are about 600 more posts for you to read. I hope you enjoy them.

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