Occupation: Writer, medical resident on the side
Goal: To blog daily for one year, in order to provide insight into medical training, health care issues, and patient-physician interactions.
About: Idiopathic comes from the Greek words idios (one’s own) and pathos (suffering). It is a term used to describe medical conditions for which the cause is unknown: idiopathic pneumonia, idiopathic cardiomyopathy…and the list goes on. The term is often used in medicine because we can rarely decipher the exact cause of a person’s illness. In the 20th edition of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, idiopathic was defined as “A high-flown term to conceal ignorance.” And thus the origin of this blog, which seeks to question established dogma in medical care and to reveal our uncertainty as physicians.