In next week's American Medical News appears an interesting article on medical weblogs.
Bob Cook's the author. He's got things mostly right .. 'cept …
b) No mention of Family Medicine Notes … ;-( .. I'm sooo insulted. (And this was the second medical weblog)
c) He's "outed" out another medical weblogger's real identity .. something I've been careful not to do.
Anonymity was important to her .. and I think that it's an interesting component of what medical weblogging is for this weblogger: an opportunity to discuss and inform .. without being concerned that the opinions she voices on the web will cause her patients to respond to her differently.
I hadn't thought about this until I had an e-mail conversation with her about it a few weeks ago — but it does make sense: The opinions that we physicians share on our weblogs do reveal how we feel about certain issues. Sex, drugs, Rock 'n roll, vaccinations, antibiotic overuse, abortion, etc etc etc.
I've had many patients comment on the weblog postings on Docnotes .. and the feedback is always positive .. but what have I said on the weblogs that has alienated my patients? How would I know?
So I am respectful of those who choose to 'blog' anonymously … I wonder if Bob asked if it was OK …