One of the major problems here is a severe shortage of psychiatrists, the physicians who specialize in mental disorders [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17]. And to those of us in primary care medicine and, indeed, to doctors in general, there is no mystery to the shortage. Psychiatrists are in short supply because…More
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Keep medicine and religion separate Medical issues addressed in a hospital require doctors and nurses. Clergy can be excellent supportive friends. Hospital chapels are OK too. [“Letter: Same care delivered,” Northwest Voices, June 11.] We must tell the boards of medical centers that the best medical opinions are from licensed physicians and nurses. Only a tiny…More
Woman should have been resuscitated Death shakes people to the core. It makes us question our sense of self and place in the world and is a scaring experience. The most painful type of death for a family are those that are preventable. One such example is the death of Lorraine Bayless, who was denied help…More
Some don’t want to be resuscitated About the article regarding not doing CPR on the independent-living 87-year-old resident in California: What if one living in Washington state has filled out a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form with instruction not to be resuscitated [“ ‘We always start CPR,’ medical official says,” page one, March 5]? Such…More
Support the Global Fund Thanks for the story on the American baby who has been cured of HIV [“Scientists say HIV baby apparently is cured now,” page one, March 4]. We still permit more than 300,000 babies to be born with the death sentence each year. We know how to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The…More
Collaboration between doctors and pharmaceutical companies can save lives I read the op-ed regarding collaborations between pharmaceutical researchers and doctors with some interest [“You’ll soon know how much your doctor gets paid by the drug companies,” Opinion, Feb. 17]. For the past several decades I have benefitted from my doctor’s research with pharmaceutical companies. In fact…More