Posted by Todd (188.8.131.52) on November 24, 1999 at 19:34:11:
In Reply to: recomending doctors... posted by Karla on November 24, 1999 at 13:22:06:
"An ethical problem" implies that it may be unethical for us to post the names of doctors we would recommend. Forgive my over-reaction to a society that awards $85 million to an old lady who drives her nephews hotrod (for the first time) through a drive thru, sticks the coffee cup between her legs, burns herself and blames the restaurant (one might think that, at 85, it's reasonable to expect a person to realize coffee is HOT), but I can't for the life of me come up with any reason why posting POSITIVE recommendations about doctors who actually KNOW their profession, recognize that they are merely service providers, treat their CUSTOMERS with RESPECT and DIGNITY, and seek to HEAL can possibly be unethical. [As an aside, I nominate myself and that last sentence for the Hemingway Award]
I would suggest that posting the names of unsatisfactory doctors might open the poster to liability. NOT that that is right, but we do live in litigation-land.
I am not a lawyer or even a para-legal. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the poster (me) and anyone who adopts, endorses or takes action upon them does so at his/her own risk.
Being one who prefers to back his words with action, here is my recommendation for a doc in the First Coast (Jacksonville/St. Augustine) area of Florida:
Dr. Harold Laski
Southside Medical Center
Dr. Laski is an unpresuming GP who runs a walk-in clinic. He is NOT a neuro, but he IS knowledgeable about CH and is very caring and willing to listen. He is generous with samples, and during my last cycle had me try both the Imitrex nasal spray and Amerge. Even his office manager (a pre-med student) understood the agony of clusters!!! He accepts most insurance, and does all the filing...just slap your co-pay on him and you're gone.
As I've always done in the past, I urge ANYONE who has not seen a neuro and been properly diagnosed to do so FIRST. Do the MRI, CT scan, EEG, etc, just to be sure. After 16 years, and numerous neuros, there is no doubt I have ch. I don't need anymore $300 20 minute visits to neuros. I need a doc willing to listen and work with me to explore all the wonderful things I learn here at ch.com.
My other recommendation would be for anyone in the Chicago area. I've never seen or been treated by our very own DocGreg, but I know from things he's posted, emails he's replied to and other actions he's taken that DocGreg is another caring, concerned professional. If my sainted, 75 year old Mother lived in the Chicago area and was in need of medical attention, I wouldn't hesitate for a heartbeat to recommend DocGreg. I have no idea if he is accepting new patients or even what his specialty is, but I'd sure call if I lived up there.
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