This past summer, we explored the strange case of (now former) medblogger Dr Flea. The good doctor, you may recall, was caught blogging about his own patients, and making fun of the attorneys prosecuting a malpractice case involving the death of a teenaged patient. At that time, it was revealed that Dr Flea and the defendant were one and the same. As a result of his "outing," Dr Flea apparently pulled his blog, never to be heard from (at least in the blogosphere) again.
As our friend Dimitriy reports in his post at Trusted.MD that the erstwhile Dr Flea (aka Dr. Robert Lindeman) was interviewed in a recent article in the Canadian National Review of Medicine (NRM). Our Friends to the North© were writing about the risks and rewards of medblogging, and asked Dr Flea/Lindeman about his experience.
In keeping with his, um, less than circumspect style of prose, he responded that "(n)o wonder when doctors write, they write namby-pamby noncommittal crap...it might get you in trouble someday."
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
Don't believe me?
Well, one has only to consider Dr Ford's interesting and often provocative posts. That good doctor isn't afraid to take on "big pharma," or little widgets. He also offers solid advice, without rancor or sarcasm (well, sometimes a little sarcasm, but it's always well done).
Still not convinced?
Well, Dr Zagreus (a 2007 MedBlogger Award Finalist) is nothing if not cutting edge, unafraid to take on some dragons (or even innocent, mild-mannered insurance bloggers). And he does that without resorting to "namby-pamby noncommittal crap," as well.
So Dr Flea's fled, and that's not such a bad thing, after all.