- “What does it actually mean to take personal responsibility for health?” Dhruv Khullar asks ~ You’re Sick. Whose Fault Is That? (New York Times)
- Mikkael Sekeres, MD, discusses how his mother’s cancer diagnosis changed his outlook on patient care ~ Resolutions of a Cancer Doctor (New York Times)
- Junfeng Zhang, PhD, explores the health implications of air pollution ~ Low-Level Air Pollution Associated With Death (JAMA)
- Katrina Armstrong, MD, and colleagues discuss the importance of enhancing inquiry about patients’ symptoms and conditions ~ Toward a Culture of Scientific Inquiry — The Role of Medical Teaching Services (New England Journal of Medicine)
- What are the uncertainties surrounding blood pressure control? Liam G. Glynn, MD, MMSc, and Richard J. McManus, PhD, examine what we know ~ Blood Pressure Control: Missed Opportunity or Potential Holy Grail? (Annals of Internal Medicine)
- “America remains a cherished destination for gifted and motivated physicians, researchers, nurses, stretcher bearers, and wheelchair attendants from around the world,” Tom Brokaw writes ~ Tom Brokaw: You Can Find the Entire World Inside Your Hospital (New York Times)
- Robert J. Blendon, ScD, and John M. Benson, MA, discuss how the public sees the opioid epidemic ~ The Public and the Opioid-Abuse Epidemic (New England Journal of Medicine)
Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and weekly blogger for MedPage Today, follows what’s going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman’s Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.