Tag Archives: medicine

Reverse Voxsplaining: Brand-Name Drugs

[Epistemic status: Uncertain, especially on the accuracy of the economic studies cited] I. Sarah Kliff of Vox replies to my piece from last week. She writes: Earlier this week I wrote about how a lack of drug price regulation in … Continue reading

Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs

[Content note: this is pretty much a rehash of things I’ve said before, and that other people have addressed much more eloquently. My only excuse for wasting your time with it again is that SOMEHOW THE MESSAGE STILL HASN’T SUNK … Continue reading

Book Review: Unlearn Your Pain

[Content warning: discussion of chronic pain and related conditions, and the debate over whether some of them may be psychological in origin. None of this is medical advice or a recommendation to start or stop any form of therapy. Low … Continue reading


[Epistemic status: I am not British, it’s been years since I’ve been in the HSE, and the HSE is not the NHS. All of this may be misunderstood or outdated.] I don’t usually blog on labor disputes here, but I … Continue reading

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Side Effects May Include Anything

A couple of days ago a patient said he’d become depressed after starting Xolair, a new asthma drug I know nothing about. On the one hand, lots of things that mess with the immune system can cause depression. On the … Continue reading

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Meat Your Doom

[Epistemic status: Very dirty and approximate, but I think roughly correct. Check my calculations and tell me if I’m wrong.] A recent formative experience: a seriously ill patient came in and I recommended a strong psychiatric drug. She looked it … Continue reading

The Problems With Generic Medications Go Deeper Than One Company

I. Like many people, I recently read about Turing Pharmaceuticals’ purchase of anti-toxoplasma drug Daraprim and subsequent price increase of 5000%. Vox and Marginal Revolution have already done some good work addressing this particular case, but have only touched upon … Continue reading

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That Chocolate Study

Several of you asked me to write about that chocolate article that went viral recently. From I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How: “Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found … Continue reading

Prescriptions, Paradoxes, and Perversities

[WARNING: I am not a pharmacologist. I am not a researcher. I am not a statistician. This is not medical advice. This is really weird and you should not take it too seriously until it has been confirmed] I. I’ve … Continue reading

Nefarious Nefazodone And Flashy Rare Side Effects

[Epistemic status: I am still in training. I am not an expert on drugs. This is poorly-informed speculation about drugs and it should not be taken seriously without further research. Nothing in this post is medical advice.] I. Which is … Continue reading