1-1banner
 
medpundit
 

 
Commentary on medical news by a practicing physician.
 

 
Google
  • Epocrates MedSearch Drug Lookup




  • MASTER BLOGS





    "When many cures are offered for a disease, it means the disease is not curable" -Anton Chekhov




    ''Once you tell people there's a cure for something, the more likely they are to pressure doctors to prescribe it.''
    -Robert Ehrlich, drug advertising executive.




    "Opinions are like sphincters, everyone has one." - Chris Rangel



    email: medpundit-at-ameritech.net

    or if that doesn't work try:

    medpundit-at-en.com



    Medpundit RSS


    Quirky Museums and Fun Stuff


    Who is medpundit?


    Tech Central Station Columns



    Book Reviews:
    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    More Reviews

    Second Hand Book Reviews

    Review


    Medical Blogs

    rangelMD

    DB's Medical Rants

    Family Medicine Notes

    Grunt Doc

    richard[WINTERS]

    code:theWebSocket

    Psychscape

    Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse

    Feet First

    Tales of Hoffman

    The Eyes Have It

    medmusings

    SOAP Notes

    Obels

    Cut-to -Cure

    Black Triangle

    CodeBlueBlog

    Medlogs

    Kevin, M.D

    The Lingual Nerve

    Galen's Log

    EchoJournal

    Shrinkette

    Doctor Mental

    Blogborygmi

    JournalClub

    Finestkind Clinic and Fish Market

    The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

    Chronicles of a Medical Mad House

    .PARALLEL UNIVERSES.

    SoundPractice

    Medgadget
    Health Facts and Fears

    Health Policy Blogs

    The Health Care Blog

    HealthLawProf Blog

    Facts & Fears

    Personal Favorites

    The Glittering Eye

    Day by Day

    BioEdge

    The Business Word Inc.

    Point of Law

    In the Pipeline

    Cronaca

    Tim Blair

    Jane Galt

    The Truth Laid Bear

    Jim Miller

    No Watermelons Allowed

    Winds of Change

    Science Blog

    A Chequer-Board of Night and Days

    Arts & Letters Daily

    Tech Central Station

    Blogcritics

    Overlawyered.com

    Quackwatch

    Junkscience

    The Skeptic's Dictionary



    Recommended Reading

    The Doctor Stories by William Carlos Williams


    Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Fenn


    Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard


    Raising the Dead by Richard Selzer


    Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy


    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks


    The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo


    A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich




    MEDICAL LINKS

    familydoctor.org

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    General Health Info

    Travel Advice from the CDC

    NIH Medical Library Info

     



    button

    Sunday, July 29, 2007

    Race Based Medicine: A convincing argument against basing drug treatment on race.
     

    posted by Sydney on 7/29/2007 10:13:00 PM 3 comments

    3 Comments:

    My comment was a little long, so I decided to expand it into a blog post, but to summarize, I respectfully disagree with the opinion in that Scientific American article. I don't think the trend of targeting drugs to certain races or ethnicities is a bad thing, mainly because I don't believe it will be economically deleterious to either patients or to drug companies, and I think using race (or at least ethnicity) as a surrogate for genetic polymorphisms that effect drug response is better than not doing so. I think such diagnosis would be useful in the same way as age or sex are used as rough markers of real biological age or hormonal levels and developmental history. There are real race-based biological differences in human populations, and ignoring that would be for the worse, I think.

    I found this paper by Risch et al. to be very good.

    By Blogger such.ire, at 1:22 AM  

    Hi Sydney-
    I was very impressed with your up-to-date and knowledgeable blog. We are starting a new website and are looking for creative writers, journalists, and photojournalists to act as correspondants. Please go to http://www.rafterjumpon.com and submit an application today!
    -Emily

    By Blogger Emily, at 3:15 PM  

    Given the sad state of Scientific American under its present management, I think I find the position taken by Risch, et. al., to be more persuasive.

    Consider that SciAm has waged a jihad against any doubters of the current consensus on causes of global warming, and the disgraceful editorial attacks on Bjorn Lomborg, which completely failed to address the data he presented, and you have to take SciAm with a grain of salt these days.

    By Anonymous bbeeman, at 9:52 PM  

    Post a Comment

    This page is powered by Blogger, the easy way to update your web site.

    Main Page

    Ads

    Home   |   Archives

    Copyright 2006