Doctoring Hospice/Palliative Care

Be courageous: help stop the pill madness

Medicine people give it a sterile-sounding name. Polypharmacy means giving too many drugs, usually to an elderly person. But this practice is worthy of clearer words: dumb, dreadful or doctoring at its worst. The idea to mention the growing problem of giving too many pills in combination came to me after reading this Medscape coverage […]

Doctoring General Medicine Healthy Living Knowledge

A clear-eyed look at treating the elderly with medicine

A recent case taught me a lot about how people perceive their medicines. I was trying to help a 92-year-old man get off some of his medicine. I can’t go into the details, but suffice to say, there was much opportunity to trim a long list of drugs, many of which were threatening his existence […]