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The prescription slip with the chicken scratch you're holding may suggest otherwise, but let it be known that some doctors can actually write, and write well. You can thank the computer for the legibility, but the content comes from somewhere else.
In today's column we're featuring blogs written by doctors themselves. Doctors from all medical disciplines are blogging about their areas of expertise, their thoughts on popular health news items, as well as those appearing in medical journals, and anything else that tickles their fancy.
You may be a little more knowledgeable before the next visit to your doctor after your first visit to one of these web sites.
Neonatal Doc: Neonatologists specialize in complex and high risk cases involving newborns. Visiting Neonatal Doc, I expected to read the heart wrenching tales of those first moments outside the womb. Indeed, those struggles are documented, but what also came through in the writing was the humanity and caring of the doctor.
In the delivery room that may be needed every bit as much as medical knowhow.
The Cheerful Oncologist: The Cheerful Oncologist appears exactly as described, cheerful despite the author's recent bout with gastroenteritis coupled with a power outage due to a recent ice storm. But with his sense of humor firmly in place, Dr. Craig Hildreth gives his take on cancer, carcinogens, and whatever health news strikes his fancy. And there's poetry, too.
Flea: Dr. Flea has admitted he is not the bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He does admit to being a pediatrician in the northeastern United States. Flea speaks quite frankly about pediatric health concerns, whether it be disease, quality of care, public policy, or ethics. His combination of medical knowledge and common sense make his often witty prose worth reading.
Doctor Anonymous: Don't be fooled by the picture of McDreamy from the hit ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy." Just because actor Patrick Dempsey supposedly saved a life recently, that doesn't make him a real doctor. Sorry, ladies.
Doctor Anonymous reveals that the blogger is a physician and a blogoholic. Good thing for his readers, because he provides interesting perspective on a wide variety of health topics (and frequent off-topics, if you will) including children's health, Alzheimer's, medication, and the latest health headlines.
Surgeonsblog: Retired surgeon and now published author Sid Schwab waxes poetic about the efficiency and technique of the surgeon, the dynamic between doctors, and expands upon medical conditions often alien to the layperson. He's not afraid to dip into the nearly-urban-legend-area of removing foreign bodies, and still manages to have some room to discuss the popcorn surgery of network television.
The sampling provided above is indeed just that, a sampling. For more great doctor blogs, check out our previous article on the subject.
As you'll see through the posts, comments, and blogrolls (links to other blogs) on these sites, a growing community of doctor bloggers has formed. I'm sure this won't be the last time we feature doctor bloggers here, and I'm also sure the blogs on today's list will prove valuable to you in educating yourself about your health.
Don't forget: Blogs can be a great source of background information and community. They can help point you in the right direction and provide a valuable resource in your journey to good health, but please be sure to make any important medical decisions in consultation with your doctor.
Foxnews.com Health contributor Lawrence La Raia contributed to this story.
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Dr. Manny Alvarez is the managing editor of health news at FOXNews.com, and is a regular medical contributor on the FOX News Channel. He is chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Additionally, Alvarez is Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.