Stuart Shipko, M.D., has been a practicing physician for 34 years. Initially an emergency physician and family physician, he later became a psychiatrist to further explore the relationship between the mind and body in states of illness. He has published original research relating panic disorder to abnormalities of bile flow that result in reflux-based sinusitis and heartburn (http://stuartshipko.com/
August 22, 2012
In the late 70’s, before the invention of CT scanners or MRI scanners, I practiced emergency medicine. Without these sophisticated tools, I had to look at a patient and make a decision about whether or not they appeared ill or in distress. A doctor had to examine the patient; smell the patient, touch the patient, talk to the patient; this was crucial to the decision making process of diagnosis and treatment. With that sort of background, why do my observations and opinions as a psychiatrist somehow no longer matter?
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