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Deborah Peel is the antidote to HIPAA


Well, I goofed. I originally wrote this about a non-existent Jane Peel. That will teach me to pay attention. It is Dr. Deborah Peel, who does exist and is the target of this satire. My apologies to any Jane Peel who might be offended by my mistake (for the stigma of being mistaken for Deborah Peel) and to any readers for the confusion I may have caused.

From White Coat Rants comes a pair of posts that are, well, inspiring.

I Am A Professional and the follow up Caught In The Middle point out some of the silliness that those outside of the medical establishment cause by imposing their good-intentions-paved roadway on everyone else.

The good doctor, Deborah Peel, is a psychiatrist. With her boundless experience and unquestionable ethics she has decided that anyone who writes medical blogs that describe any patient in anything less than the most glowing description possible . . . . (wait for it) . . . . needs psychoanalysis.

No conflict of interest in recommending your treatment to thousands of people you haven’t even examined.

Imagine what she thinks of you reading this.

What if you both write a blog, that does not put all patients on a pedestal, and you read other blogs?

I am truly doomed!

I need her help!

Only someone so astute that she can mass diagnose without any patient contact is good enough for me.

Or, maybe, I should treat myself.

Rogue Medic, roguishly heal thyself.

I shall use art therapy and write to heal myself.

All of my patients shall be named Rumplestiltskin.

No, even better, as White Coat Rants wonderfully demonstrated in his blog – Deborah Peel is the perfect universal patient pseudonym. I think WCR took it a little too far in performing a sex change operation on good old Deborah by making the male a John Peel. This appears to be without Deborah Peel’s consent. We must treat her with the respect she deserves – all patients are now Deborah Peel. Maniac Ted Kaczynski, you are now Deborah Peel. The adorable psycho, Chuckie Manson, you are now Deborah Peel. David Berkowitz, you are no longer Son of Sam – try out being Son of Deborah Peel. Go with it. Feel the healing power of Deborah Peel.

To further my self-directed art therapy I adapted Alice’s Restaurant to Deborah Peel and posted this in the comments.

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick.

And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots.

And three people do it, three, can you imagine. They may think it’s an organization.

And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day blogging, using Deborah Peel as their universal patient pseudonym.

And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.

And that’s what it is , the Deborah Peel Patient Privacy Protection Movement, and all you got to do to join is substitute Deborah Peel for your patient’s name the next time it come’s around in your blog.


My apologies to Arlo Guthrie for my lyrical butchery.

I, Deborah Peel, was inspired by Deborah Peel to heal myself.

Further information on Dr. Deborah Peel.



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