About this blog
This is a medical blog. I write about my experiences in the emergency department, my experiences at home, my thoughts about medical news, and my views on healthcare policy.
The biggest reason that I continue to write this blog is that I enjoy the dialogue and the comments generated. I’m the first one to liven up the conversations by poking fun at someone’s comments, but I’m quickly going to douse any ad hominem attacks or flame wars. Challenge the assertions someone makes, but don’t personally attack the person making them. Comments that are out of line may be moderated or deleted.
If you’d like to do a guest post that is pertinent to the material on this blog, I’d be happy to consider it. I’m not interested in linkback schemes, though, so don’t ask.
About WhiteCoat …
I’m a practicing emergency physician. When I’m not at the computer, I spend a lot of time with my family. I have an amazing wife who willingly puts up with all of my idiosyncrasies and four great kids who don’t have any choice. My family is my rock.
I enjoy martial arts, photography, writing, and generalized computer geekery. I’ve published many articles and I’ve been quoted in local and national press outside of this blog.
Terms of Us
I’m very laid back about other people using the content on this blog. If you want to use a post or picture on this blog for educational or other non-commercial purposes, you’re welcome to do so. Just link back here and cite this blog as your source. If you want to use content on this blog for commercial purposes, ask first. I’m sure that we’ll be able to work something out.
What I’m not OK with is stealing content. Want to post all of the content from the blog somewhere else to drive traffic to your site? That’s not OK.
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Any time that you visit any web site, it is likely that your IP address is somehow recorded. I can’t control this. This site or any of its advertisers may collect personal information about you, including your IP address and your e-mail address (if you provide it). This site may use the limited personal information it may collect about you in any legally permissible manner. If you want me to delete any personal information about you, e-mail me.
If you think there is any similarity between you and a patient on this web site, it isn’t you. I receive some patient stories from other sources. I may or may not change the age, sex, or complaints of the patients I write about. The 70 year old grandma with a hip fracture may really be a 16 year old star high school football player who skinned his knee. This web site is for entertainment purposes. I may change some of the things that patients say or do for entertainment value. I repeat: It isn’t you that is being written about.
I encourage people to comment on my posts and to engage in debate with other readers. By submitting comments on this blog, you grant me unlimited permission to use those comments in the future.
You are also responsible for what you write. Even if I delete a comment, it may have already been reproduced somewhere else. Avoid making defamatory statements. Think before you hit the “Submit” button.
This is IMPORTANT
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