Monday, May 16, 2005

About Brooke Greenberg's Physician

A Welsh View has posted more on this. In going through in my mind what type of "agreement" WBAL has that caused them to remove this story from their website, I can only come up with a few. They all involve a lapse in journalistic ethics or conflict of interest. Maybe I'm missing something and they'll later choose to clarify this.

Brooke Greenberg's pediatrician appears to be Lawrence Pakula, (occasionally spelled/misspelled in the internet as Laurence). He's a real physician and appears to be the pediatrician in the video.

What is interesting is that he's published a number of scholarly articles (7 using the search pakula l[auth] in pubmed) in the past but none on this patient. If I was taking care of a patient with a mysterious condition (the only one of her kind) I'd sure write at least a case report or letter to a medical journal.

I've tried to find other articles on her in but haven't been able to so far (it's difficult to think of the right search terms in such a weird case). Maybe someone with more time to stare at pubmed will have better luck?

3 Comments:

Blogger Henry Stern, LUTCF said...

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I share your curiosity about Dr P's apparent reluctance to publish.

I'm wondering, tho, if this has something to do with HIPAA and PHI issues, as opposed to literary ones.

After all, given that Brooke is (apparently) the only person extant who has this condition (disease?), it's hardly possible for him to discuss "Patient Doe."

May 16, 2005 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found a few other places.... http://www.strangemag.com/recentadditions/wontgrowup.html

That have referenced this story. I found it originally on MSN Video
http://video.msn.com/v/us/v.htm?g=66b1ec05-b263-438a-a28e-ea3c513721b0&t=c150&f=06/64&p=News_Top%20News

Hope this helps.

October 24, 2005 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://video.msn.com/v/us/v.htm?g=66b1ec05-b263-438a-a28e-ea3c513721b0&f=email

October 25, 2005 11:23 AM  

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