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Diagnose Me, Dr. Frist!

BY Michael Bassik | Wednesday, March 23 2005

Speaking on the Senate floor "more as a physician than as a US senator," Senate Majority Bill Frist, MD, said he believed there was "insufficient information to conclude that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state."

The one impressive thing about the "diagnosis" that Frist made on the Senate floor was that it involved -- you guessed it -- technology!

Frist apparently used a digital video of Schiavo to determine that the Florida woman who has been fed artificially since she was brain damaged in 1990 might not be in a vegitative state. Think that's against a few ethical standards, but moving on...

Now, I'm not one for partisan rants, but I just couldn't resist...

Imagine Frist leaves the Senate and takes up medicine again. I can see the ads now.

"Are you sick? Injured? Worried about a medical problem, but can't afford a physician? Well, worry no longer! Because Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, doesn't even need to see you to make a diagnosis and prescribe care.

I think we should take full advantage of Frist's openness to use technology to craft legislation and make a diagnosis.

So, I'll issue a challenge:

Take a digital picture or video of your medical problem – tennis elbow, acne, runny nose, hemorrhoids, or whatever ails you - and send it to the doctor in charge of the US Senate and your health care.

Everyone, take two minutes and upload your photos to Flickr.com. "Tag" the photo "Frist." If we get critical mass, we'll send everyone's photos to Dean Rosen, the good doctor's Health Care policy director!

Howard Dean might have brought us the "ah-ha!" moment in politics and the Internet. Dr. Frist is now pleased to present us with the “Kodak” moment.