In the last post, I mentioned that I “skulk the aisles” of Health Food Stores looking at health products. That’s not all the skulking I do.
I browse women’s magazines. Yes, you heard that right.
It’s better than NEJM, or JAMA (New England Journal of Medicine… that’s Haaahvard Medical School, and Journal of the American Medical Association… who, by the way, provide great press for the New York Times to scoop the rest of the media on Monday mornings with the latest and greatest from medical academia).
But I digress.
“Womens’ Day” and “Ladies Home Journal” are great sources of medical info. Well, at least information that’s relevant. It’s what people are concerned about, talking about. It’s my business to know these things and then to investigate them via the latest responsible peer-reviewed research. Then I filter it all through my experience as a Family Doctor in order to be ready to render an opinion to my patients who want the real scoop.
The task is never-ending. But it can be embarrassing.
Like that eager drug store employee who called security.
Strange guy on the feminine products aisle.
“Just doin’ my job, sir”.