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LAZY DOCTORS AND LAZY PATIENTS

Primary care physicians can play a major role in the health of their patients beyond simply managing acute and chronic illness. Health education plays a large part in prevention strategies around the world. A review of published data reveals a strong correlation between doctors that are physically active and the likelihood that they will educate and encourage their patients to become physically active as well. Doctors who have a healthy lifestyle with regard to smoking and drinking alcohol apparently tend to actively promote healthy living to their patients, as opposed to clinicians who are more sedentary and enjoy less healthy pursuits. In a controversial message, the authors urge doctors to practice what they preach and medical schools to accept more students who are physically active (Br J Sports Med 2009;43:89–92).

THE DEMISE OF THE TRAUMA SURGEON

For the reader searching for more controversy, there is no need to look beyond an article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. With the advent of more conservative and non-operative care for trauma patients, …

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