Posted February 2017
I get questions from patients who might have medical conditions that are not related to my field. I might have questions myself about certain conditions. The first place I turn for an answer is PubMed. This is a free service that catalogs all medical publications and allows you to search by topic, author, or even very advanced searches. For example, if you have been diagnosed with a certain type of cancer or arthritis, you can search for all the articles that have been published about it. You may end up with a huge list of articles but at least you can look through them and get an idea of what people are writing about and what is new. Some things even your doctor might not know about yet. I actually like it when a patient brings me something I might not have seen. More often than not, I can find a promising clue or expert that can help the patient who asked me the question. If you type my name in as 'Rosenthal RL' you will see my publications including the most recent description of "Inhaler Syncope".