Blog | Thursday, March 29, 2012

10 simple questions with complicated answers that people ask their doctors


1. Should I take an aspirin?
2. Should I take a medication for osteoporosis?
3. How often should I get a DEXA scan?
4. Should I see a specialist about this?
5. What's the best test to keep me from getting cancer?
6. Can you write me a prescription for an antibiotic?
7. Can't I just get an MRI?
8. What's the difference between you and a family medicine doctor?
9. What diet can help me live longer?
10. Can't you just order me some baseline bloodwork?

And a bonus:
11. Why is your hospital better than any other?

Zackary Berger, MD, ACP Member, is a primary care doctor and general internist in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins. His research interests include doctor-patient communication, bioethics, and systematic reviews. He is also a poet, journalist and translator in Yiddish and English. This post originally appeared at his blog.