Maria said that famous line as she began teaching the Von Trapp children how to sing in The Sound of Music. So let me use it here to beginÂ my new blog thatÂ I hope will teach people about theÂ business and practiceÂ of medicine.Â I remember falling in love with the idea of becoming a physician at the age of about ten. I remember sitting in the elementary school library and first reading about William and Charles Mayo–the eventual founders of the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. They weren’t famous at that time, they were just two brothers who loved to care for people. That’s what I wanted to do. This was long before I knew anything about the money or prestige that might eventually come with the profession. I wanted to care for the physical needs that people suffered. The idea of setting a broken arm, delivering a newborn child, or suturing an open wound was more than just invigorating to me. How I came to eventually fulfill that dream is another story for another time. Now, I find myself entrenched in a battle for the very survival of the profession itself. The practice of medicine has evolvedÂ from a profession where, rather than caring for people’s needs, we are being forced to micromanage their lives. And unfortunately, it is being destroyed from within as much as from without. Over the next few years, I hope to start a conversation with those of you who truly want a physician who cares about your physical, mental, and spiritual livesÂ more than the intrusive directives of a governmental panel that has decided what medicines you should be taking, whatÂ procedures you are allowed or not allowed to have, and how and when you will die. So let’s start at the very beginning. Join me as we travel that road together.
About Richard Edgerly, MD
I am a board-certified (not that it matters), Family Medicine physician who practices in rural Washington State. I am the owner of Assurance Healthcare and Counseling Center in the city of Yakima.
Always appreciating what a little humor does to refresh the soul, I have also written a collection of stories about events that have occurred over the years in my practice, and I hope that they will also make you laugh (see Just a Spoonful of Laughter Helps the Medicine Go Down).