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We interrupt this vacation…..

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Can’t I just have a few days away without feeling the need to comment on health care/health journalism news?

I’ve been away from the mainland for two days and now I hear that:

1. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta may be picked as Surgeon General.

2. One of the best health news bloggers in the U.S. – Ed Silverman of the Star Ledger of New Jersey’s blog, has taken a buyout and will no longer run that blog.

I’m shocked by both pieces of news.

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Marie Z.

January 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

Hi Gary,
I agree with you on the Gupta choice. One can only hope that Obama will come to his senses soon about that one!
Enjoy your vacation. Stop working!!!


January 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I have tried to search your blog for other mentions of Gupta, but only get error reports. Perhaps you could repost a collection of them?

Michael Compton

January 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I’m curious, has this blog entry been altered?
I’ve twice seen it referenced in regard to the Sanjay Gupta pick, both instances implying a negative opinion – Yet “shocked” seems a bit mild to justify the references [personally, i would have gone with ‘shocked and horrified ;)]. Is this the original/complete posting?

The Publisher

January 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I’m on vacation. Have been on the beach or poolside all day since entering the original post – which has not been revised.
I could write volumes but I’m on vacation.
So I chose my words carefully and stuck with simply “shocked.”
The Publisher

The Publisher

January 7, 2009 at 6:42 pm

As my blog notes, I’m:
A. On vacation
B. Out of the country
C. Therefore crazy to be responding to anyone.
If the search engine isn’t working for you, it isn’t working for me, either, so I can’t access past entries.
Keep trying. I know the search engine was working earlier today. If no luck, use a web search tool such as Google or AltaVista or Yahoo or
The Publisher

Bill Gleason

January 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

Atul Gawande would make an excellent surgeon general.


January 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

“Atul Gawande would make an excellent surgeon general”
Totally true.


January 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I actually posted Atul Gawande’s name to the Citizen’s Briefing Book on the website. No one there seems to know him. Pity. He would be a thoughtful, deliberative, creative, inspiring Surgeon General. I think Americans would be very happy with him in the position.