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Free Fall

Gena Kay McKinley, MD
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From Ketchikan, AK 99901.


Current Author Address: Gena Kay McKinley, P.O. Box 5257, Ketchikan, AK 99901; e-mail, genamckinley@yahoo.com


Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(5):390-391. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-145-5-200609050-00014
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Ethics, professionalism, lessons learned
Posted on September 13, 2006
Antonette J. Brigidi
Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Kudos to Dr. McKinley for having the courage to publish her harrowing experience. The price she has paid is a lesson to us all, whether in residency or practice, on a topic for which no bioethics course can fully prepare us. Her experience illustrates the fine line of professionalism in treating colleagues, and the spiral this can become. This slippery slope happens with colleagues, employees, family members, friends- anyone with whom we find ourselves in a therapeutic relationship without having set our professional boundaries.

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Me Too
Posted on September 16, 2006
Joan E Goldberg
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I have also had a very bad experience with reglan and want to commend you for being so forthright and honest about your experience. I took the drug for 6 months for gastric problems and when I withdrew I had many of the same experiences. It is almost 15 months later and I am still dealing with feelings of depression and anxiety and am on a number of medications. I want to thank you for sharing your experience and hope there is a way we can reach even more people and get this drug recalled.

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