Apr 27, 2010 - 11:52 am
The story below, copied and pasted from my local newspaper's online site, made my blood boil. Not only is her "bedside manner" the worst I have ever heard of, but this physician is horribly, and perhaps dangerously arrogant, as well. I seriously don't see that conversation ever taking place....
I am seriously thinking of writing an OP/ED piece in response.
Here's the story, word-for-word. It ran in this morning's Ft Worth Star Telegram, if you want to Google it.
Also disciplined this month was Dr. Mary Milam, the Fort Worth oncologist who treated District Attorney Tim Curry's terminal cancer.
Milam was accused of telling a patient who had not responded to chemotherapy that "if it were me, I would get a bottle, a gun and go into the woods."
Milam said in an interview that she had used those words but that she had added "... and contemplate my options."
According to the board, Milam "admitted that it was insensitive" and said that it was not her practice to say such things to her cancer patients and that "she has never made such statement before or since."
However, Milam told the Star-Telegram: "I've told that same thing to other patients. And they've appreciated my honesty. [Because] what I was telling him was, 'This is bad.'"
Milam, who has practiced medicine for nearly 31 years, said she believes that the patient's family was simply angry that she delivered bad news. "To have one comment taken out of context ... really ticks me off. I didn't neglect the guy. They're taking their frustration out on me."
Milam was fined $1,000 and agreed to complete continuing education in patient-physician communication and risk management.
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/04/26/2144139/tarrant-doctors-reprimanded-by.html#tvg#ixzz0mJcGNptU