Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Calling Dr. Deborah Peel – Anyone Home?


While looking at Notes from Dr. RW, a good medical site, I found a post (Psychoanalyzing medical bloggers on NPR’s Morning Edition – from March 17, I could not find a direct link, but it is in his archives). I posted the following comment on his site. Dr. Peel had commented on the same post, so I thought she might read it and respond. No luck, yet.

Being a diligent gadfly, I decided to post to Dr. Peel’s blog directly. The problem is that she has not posted anything since February. Apparently, she has more important fish to fry than medical bloggers. So, I posted the same comment after an excellent comment by erdoc85 (from M.D.O.D.) about her on air foolishness on a post from October that is more relevant than her post from February.

Her fan must go crazy waiting for his next exciting Peel Post.

If you search “Deborah Peel” blog the first two results are for White Coat Rants (read his posts) and her blog is all the way down at result number five. Sweet.

She is paving the road to hell (for patients and health care providers) with her oh-so-good intentions.

Let me know what you think of this comment, not enough oomph?

Dr. Peel jumps to the conclusion that the patients being described are individuals and not composites, that they are easy to identify and that the information about the patients has not been changed to make identification essentially impossible.

I dare Dr. Peel to identify any patient from my site. I have been using the pseudonym “Deborah Peel” for all of my patients and for some of my coworkers since her appearance on NPR.

How does a physician mass diagnose people without ever meeting them?

How does a physician prescribe treatment to people based on that fraudulent diagnosis?

Medical professionalism is completely absent from her behavior, yet she accuses others of being unprofessional and inappropriate.

Where does she find any evidence that blogs are any more of a threat to patient privacy than medical books?

House of God, MASH, Awakenings, …

There are many books that have been written on medical topics that do not always put the patient in the best light. Where is her outrage?

Where is the concern for the privacy of these patients?

Perhaps she does not read books and is unaware of the phenomenon of bound volumes of printed pages compiled for entertainment or even education.

What about television? ER has all sorts of information about patients and – horrors – you can see the patients (maybe she does not know they are only actors).

Imagine if any of those patients were to watch the TV show and recognize their own medical case being portrayed on screen.

If you want less than positive portrayals of patients and staff, what about House, MD?

She probably does not understand the sarcasm.

Dr. Deborah Peel should be reported to the state medical board for her on air medical malpractice. She should also be continuously ridiculed for her blatant hypocrisy.

Or, maybe I am wrong and she is the answer to all of the world’s problems.



  1. Yup, that comments seems to sum up her arrogant, presumptuous asshattery very ncely.

  2. Hahaha.

  3. “nicely” ?I wasn’t trying for nice.


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