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  • 50 years ago, drug abuse was higher among physicians than the public

    The physician as addict —

    The rate of drug abuse or addiction among physicians is from 30 to 100 times that of the general public.... The American Medical Association estimates that some 60,000 of the country’s 316,000 doctors misuse drugs of various kinds. The drug abuser among physicians has a predisposing personality for addiction, and suffers from overwork and fatigue. Since...

    03/28/2019 - 07:00 Health, Mental Health
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    It’s time to reform work hours for resident physicians

    Last year, the American medical profession admitted that its century-old tradition of sleep-depriving physicians-in-training is unsafe. Working day and night, rather than transferring patient care to a fresh doctor, increases serious medical errors in ICUs by 36 percent, including a 460 percent increase in serious diagnostic mistakes. Twenty-four hours without sleep slows reaction time...

    10/09/2009 - 10:34 Humans & Society
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    Averting Medical Mistakes

    When workers get tired, they make mistakes. When the exhausted laborers are physicians, those errors can prove deadly. A new paper in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association finds that first-year doctors, or interns, tend to experience notable sleep deprivation during their on-call hospital shifts. Moreover, these new doctors tend to be so busy that they often can’t find time to...

    09/10/2008 - 15:23 Biomedicine, Humans & Society
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    Locks: A Key to Violence?

    08/20/1983 - 00:00
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    New Books on Science

    04/20/1935 - 00:00