Is Total Transparency the Best Medicine?

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Oh, how knife for you. Photo by PunkJr

This week, Dave begs listeners for reviews at Stitcher and iTunes, because he craves validation.  And a listener tip (thanks, Twitter’s @Brady_Campbell) led Cole Cheney, Keenan Laraway, Matt Maves and Greg Woods to a discussion of one doctor’s campaign to get her colleagues to embrace total transparency–financial relationships with drug companies, personal values, the works.  Could it lead to more trusting doctor-patient relationship, or is it completely unworkable? And why did the mere suggestion of such a thing inspire such a vitriolic backlash from her colleagues?  Keenan gives us an update on his experiences on the residency interview trail. Also, a woman fights seizures which happen every time she hears a Ne-Yo song.  Scientists again demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication.  A belated happy World Vasectomy Day.  And Google’s new employee benefit: DNA tests to help employees with cancer find the right treatments.

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