I’ve pointed out in the past that medical/scientific reporting in the lay press often leaves much to be desired, accuracy-wise. There are exceptions to this rule, however. I’ve found one of those exceptions to be Judy Siegel-Itzkowitz of the Jerusalem Post. I have no idea what credentials she posesses, but at least regarding the subjects I know enough about to judge, her writing has always been clear, fairly accurate and easy for an intelligent layperson to understand. All the more remarkable when you consider that she has several articles in every day’s paper, including a regular ‘Reader Rx’ column, where reader’s medical questions are matched up with, and answered by, Israeli and American medical experts.
Siegel-Itzkowitz recently wrote a very interesting article about the legal and medical aspects of patient-demand CS (the term used in the article is CDMR – Cesarean delivery by maternal request). There are several points of interest in the article best left for discussion in the comments; I will point out that this month’s Zman Harefu’ah (Medical Times), an Israeli Medical Association periodical for IMA members, had an article (in Hebrew) about the increase in medical malpractice suits. It seems that, in more ways that one, America really is coming here. And much of the increase is OB-related.
You don’t even need to be able to read Hebrew to understand the graph from the article, which represents the increase in the amounts paid out due to med-mal lawsuits, from 1995 to the present:
I suspect that CDMR is here to stay, and in certain circles, will become more fashionable.