Dr. Lawrence Weed realized that a medical record organized around patient problems, not dates of service, would provide a structure to guide diagnostic critical scientific thinking. He crisscrossed the United States presenting arguments for a universal structure to medical records and changed medicine. We are now engaged in a great struggle over an electronic medical record, designed for billing purposes, that does not hold true to Weed’s model. This, plus liver disease, tattoos, smoking, and defibrillators, makes for an interesting show.
Tip: Liver cancer mortality has doubled since the 1980s. This is being driven by hepatitis C, obesity and diabetes, and alcohol consumption.