Stand by your Flea

The blogosphere is about to light up over the lead story in today’s Boston Globe regarding the “unmasking” of Dr. Robert Lindeman, aka Flea. I’m planning to stay out of the debate.

Let me just say that Rob is a fantastic pediatrician and a wonderful human being. If you have kids and live anywhere near Natick, MA you should consider choosing him as their physician.

I just wish he had blogged under his real name rather than anonymously. The world is a poorer place now that his blog is gone.

6 thoughts on “Stand by your Flea”

  1. Didn’t you get the memo? Aside from publicly, irresponsibly insulting virtually everyone involved with the case, Lindeman just acknowledged malpractice.

    His self-reference as a “cocky bastard” was quite telling. In the corridors of law and medicine, that translates as “arrogant prick”, of which he seems quite proud.

    Your taste in “wonderful human beings” is clearly based on something other than professionalism and ethical standards.


  2. Steve,

    Some strong words there.
    I’ve known Dr. Lindeman for a decade. When I say he’s a wonderful human being it’s based on extensive firsthand experience.

    When you say he’s “just acknowledged malpractice” I don’t know what you mean. If it’s just that his case was settled I disagree with you. Please be more specific.


  3. I think this is one of those cases where the laws of internet behavior prevailed. Someone can be an absolutely fantastic, amazing, and kind person while doing incredibly stupid, unethical, and sometimes illegal things online (such as downloading software, movies, etc.). People become incredibly disinhibited for a variety of reasons. It can and will happen to most of us at some point – particularly if we aren’t blogging/gaming/commenting as “ourselves.” We can only hope that we aren’t doing something profoundly dumb when it does.

  4. This strikes me more like a story about human nature than about the blogosphere.

    Sometimes smart people do dumb things; the blogosphere just allows us more options in how we choose to do dumb things.

  5. I find it troubling, very troubling. A kid died, and he is in court on trial for malpractice, and he spends his time blogging about it? This speaks to how Lindeman really felt about the issue, and in my opinion it is kinda creepy.

    Earth to blogoshere profesionals, don’t be an idiot.

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