Diagnose Me, Dr. Frist!

Senate Majority Leader and physician Bill Frist claims to be confident that Terry Schiavo is not in a persistent vegetative state from viewing a digital video of her. It is a relief that he is in the Senate where the ethical standards are far more lax than they are with respect to diagnosing sight unseen in the practice of medicine. Here is a proposal to compile readers’ digital pictures or videos of their medical problems and send them to Frist to diagnose and recommend treatment. He could single-handedly contain the nation’s healthcare cost crisis with his far more thrifty manner of practicing! Aren’t there some other physicians in Congress who could pitch in and finally fulfill the civic duties they took on when they ran for office? ‘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.’ [via boing boing]