My Top Ten Healthcare Quotes For 2016

As in previous years (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), this is by no means a complete list. It simply represents those quotes that prompted me to flag them for my end-of-year top ten list.

1. Doctors–even rock star ones–aren’t immune to a “one-size-fits-all” healthcare maze. Noted cardiologist Eric Topol survived his knee surgery–and then wrote about his recovery (with “pain beyond the reach” of oxycodone) for the Washington Post.

I was getting even more desperate. Despite my career as a physician researcher who advocates evidence-based medicine, I tried things for which there were no clinical trials to show benefit: acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cold laser, topical ointments, curcumin and many other supplements. But I was getting worse and would have to lie prone for several minutes to get enough knee extension to walk, even with a brace on. My surgeon had little to offer except to say that by a year, the inflammation should burn out and he could go in through a scope and take out the scar tissue. Eric Topol in the Washington Post

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