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Michel Accad, MD, practices cardiology and internal medicine in San Francisco, offering individualized care in a free-market setting. His blog about health care and medicine is He also co-hosts the Accad And Koa Report podcast.

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37. Hospital Sham Peer Review: What Doctors Need to Know


Peer review by colleagues is an important process by which doctors who misbehave or malpractice can be held accountable and, if necessary, prevented from harming patients. Unfortunately, the process can also be used in bad faith.
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36. Conversation with a Clinical Trialist


The life of a clinical trialist involves juggling multiple demands. Beyond the purely scientific questions are the clinical interests of the patient and the personal demands on the physician.
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35. Why Brain Dead isn’t Dead: An Introduction to “Shewmon’s Challenge”


One of the most fundamental questions that a doctor may be asked to answer is the following: Is this man or is that woman dead? Guest D. Alan Shewmon offers a compelling rebuke to the principal arguments put forth to defend the concept of brain death.
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34. Free-Market Solutions in a World of Third-Party Payers


The arcane procedure patients must follow to file out-of-network claims is an important obstacle for a more widespread embrace of a third-party free medical practice. Could that process be made less daunting?
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33. Moving Mountains: The Folly of Population Medicine


In a matter of a couple of decades, the concepts of population health and population medicine have taken center-stage in healthcare, displacing the traditional aim of medicine and distorting the doctor-patient relationship.
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