- “I once found myself entrapped by a patient as much as she felt trapped by me,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes ~ A Doctor’s Painful Struggle With an Opioid-Addicted Patient (The New York Times)
- Danielle Ofri discusses how to make the most of a medical visit ~ A Doctor’s Guide to a Good Appointment (The New York Times)
- Yasmin Sokkar Harker explores the importance of immigrant doctors and the challenges they may face ~ In Rural Towns, Immigrant Doctors Fill A Critical Need (Health Affairs Blog)
- “The conundrum about what and how much to eat is a uniquely human predicament,” James H. O’Keefe and colleagues write ~ Evidence, Not Evangelism, for Dietary Recommendations (Mayo Clinic Proceedings)
- Catherine Y. Spong, MD, and Diana W. Bianchi, MD, discuss why it’s important to better understand the needs of underrepresented populations in the U.S. ~ Improving Public Health Requires Inclusion of Underrepresented Populations in Research (JAMA)
- After a head injury, the teenage brain “can begin to show signs, within days, of the kind of damage associated with degenerative brain disease,” Gretchen Reynolds writes ~ Hits to the Head May Result in Immediate Brain Damage (The New York Times)
- Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH, and A. Everette James, JD, MBA, explore what’s happening with the 340B Drug Pricing Program ~ Discounted Drugs for Needy Patients and Hospitals — Understanding the 340B Debate (New England Journal of Medicine)
Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and a 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.