Friday Fun: Scary Ads from the Past

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Advertisements and Regret the Error

greendocs.jpg  Here are two sites that provide some fascinating reading. One accepts postings on individual doctors and the other tracks mistakes made in print and online news sources. Changing the way the world looks at medicine nets ire of Canadian physicians is a news item in the March 13, 2007 issue of CMAJ:
An American Web site that lets patients post anonymous comments about their physicians online appears to have become wildly popular in Canada in recent months. But it’s provoking both fear and threats of legal action from the medical community north of the border. allows patients to rate and read about their doctors. And it’s addictive reading. You can track doctors (all kinds of doctors) in the United States and CanadaSome of the comments are quite scandalous. According to this article in the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Protective Association are not much impressed with some of the comments posted about Canadian doctors:
The Silicon Valley, Calif., operators of have removed two out of the seven most scathing comments about unnamed doctors cited by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). But they ignored all other requests made of them by that organization and the Canadian Medical Association, the latter whose chief executive officer, William Tholl, also sent a recent letter saying he echoed the concerns of CMPA. John Swapceinski, co-founder of the website, said the letters sent to him and co-founder Joanne Wong, were meant to be intimidating but, ”I’ve developed a very thick skin since we first started this business.”

uncovered.jpg    Regret the Error: Mistakes happen

Regret The Error reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in the media.

Imagine someone spending hours every day tracking mistakes in the media (newspapers, print and online) and providing links to those that have corrections pages, and those that don’t. It makes for some interesting reading. There are all kinds of special features, such as the 2005 Plagiarism Round-Up.