My jail Is Safer Than Your ER! from MedPage Today

This article was first published here on MedPage Today. How safe is correctional medicine? People naturally assume that working in a jail or prison is dangerous. “Aren’t you nervous about working there?” they ask me. What people have seen of jails on TV looks pretty rough! After all, that’s where they put the violent criminals, […]

Correctional Medicine is Different: We Can’t Fire Our Patients—and They Can’t Fire Us!

This post is the third in a series exploring how Correctional Medicine is different than medicine practiced outside of jails and prisons.  The previous two differences were The Principle of Fairness and All Clinical Encounters are Discussed Back in the Dorms. There is a controversy in pediatrics that I have been following recently. Some pediatricians […]

Reader Question: How to Handle Swearing in the Medical Clinic?

My good friend Al Cichon in Maine writes: Dr. Keller, What are your thoughts regarding disrespect? As health care providers we are trained to be tolerant when patients are less than pleasant – excusing their behavior as a result of their illness / injury. Certainly there are occasions when this is appropriate. However, that tolerance […]