In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.
Physicians need to lose the paternal attitude, embrace the new doctor/patient paradigm and gain some new partners who can help us prevent disease, manage big health global concerns (heart disease, cancer, hypertension) and shape a healthier world.
The recent jobs report from the Department of Labor raises an important question: Is the expansion within the health care industry a good thing for our economy and nation, or is it an emerging bubble that will inevitably burst?
It's is exciting and it's quite possible that one day, treating a patient without data from her day-to-day experience will seem as quaint as looking at the belly without the aid of a handheld ultrasound.