|Bittersweet Medicine - Opinions from a Family Doctor|
I am Dr. Robert Lemmon. I have been a family doctor for 14 years. I practice in rural South Carolina at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. My areas of special interest are evidence based medicine, obesity, type 2 diabetes, lipid disorders, diet and physical fitness.
An informed, inquisitive, skeptical and even cynical patient is a good patient; same for the doctor. I hope this site will help my readers become good patients. My advice: Get a feel for what is good evidence. Get a feel for risk and benefit. Beware of quacks. Do not become dogmatic. Welcome a good argument. Do not develop an emotional attachment to your beliefs.
I decided to start blogging for 3 reasons:
1. Because my profession, Family Medicine, is dying. Maybe I can help save it.
2. I want to help people become better patients (see above).
3. I want to help people improve their health.