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Archives for May, 2006

Will the Doctor be The Prisoner?

Well here’s an interesting tidbit of news: Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston will star as Number Six in a television remake of the cult favorite series, “The Prisoner”. “The 1967 series, starring Patrick McGoohan as a former secret agent who was kidnapped and imprisoned in a mystery village, baffled millions of viewers around the…

Thanks a lot, Tim

Normally I like Tim Gueguen. He’s an old trenchmate from Usenet and has been blogging longer than I have. But about a week ago, he commented on my facetious piece about a “celebrity nutritionist” with some odd ideas about medicine dating back to the 16th century and involving including dessicated animal “glands” in the supplements…

People, it’s just a book and a movie!

I was just going to leave my plug for the Skeptics’ Circle this week stand as my only post today–until I became aware of some serious lunacy: MUMBAI (AFP) – A Catholic group called on Christians to starve themselves to death in protest at the release of “The Da Vinci Code” at cinemas in India…

This time around, the latest meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle comes to us from down under. EoR, who, despite being “rather sad and boggy,” always perks up when it’s time to debunk the claims of pseudoscience or New Age woo, brings us the 34th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle via the Wonderful World of Crystals:…

Andrew asks the right question

My blog buddy Andrew has a bit of fun turning a favorite Holocaust denier question back at them. In reaction to laws against Holocaust denial in some European nations, deniers like to ask: “What kind of truth needs protection?” They were particularly loud about this during the recent trial of David Irving. Now, Andrew notes…

Tangled Bank

The latest Tangled Bank has been posted. Enjoy!

RangelMD asks: Do student doctors really need to know anatomy and that other basic science stuff? And Dr. RW chimes in sarcastically, Who needs all that basic science bunk? Naturally, as you might expect from recent posts, I can’t resist putting my two cents in on this topic as well. The discussion was provoked by…

How to choose a career in medicine

Via Kevin, MD and The Huffington Post, of all places: While you’re at it, remember to follow the medical student food pyramid. (Of course, the pyramid left out Doritos and Coke, my Breakfast of Champions when I was a first year medical student.)

I toady to my Seed overlords

In an attempt to periodically provoke discussion on various issues, our overlords at Seed plan on posing questions to us ScienceBloggers. The first question, which some of us have already answered is this: If you could cause one invention from the last hundred years never to have been made at all, which would it be,…

Carnival roundup

Here are some good blog carnivals today: Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no. 33 is up over at fellow SB’er’s place, Aetiology, and it’s a big one. This carnival just keeps getting bigger and better. (It’s also too much to read in one sitting.) RINO Sightings has been posted over at the Environmental Republican. And, better…

The Skeptics Circle is coming

Just a reminder, but the 34th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is scheduled to take a sojourn Down Under at The Second Sight on Thursday, May 11. The deadline is fast approaching for you to get your best skeptical blogging to EoR, and that deadline is 6 PM EDST on Wednesday, May 10. So far…

A sign of the times

One of the annoyances of becoming an attending is the need to sign up for managed care and insurance plans. The forms are all similar, but they are sufficiently different that you can’t just fill one out and be done with it. Every couple of years, a flood of paperwork comes through, asking for renewal.…

Ten Amendments Day

You may not know this, but today has been designated Ten Commandments Day. It sounds pretty innocuous, right? After all, why would anyone object to a celebration of the Ten Commandments? And, of course, it’s every American’s right under the First Amendment to celebrate the precepts of his or her religion. Nothing wrong with that.…

Today is my sister’s birthday, and what good is a blog if I can’t shamelessly hijack it when I wish to wish family members a happy birthday? So, happy birthday, sister! Have a great day!

Nurses’ Day

I can’t believe I almost forgot this, but in the U.S. May 6 is Nurses’ Day. Doctors, show the nurses you work with how much you appreciate their care and help. I know my clinical workload would be far less manageable without my nurse; I might not even be able to handle it and my…

Sexual imagery in an immunology text?

Continuing to some extent a theme from the other day, I wish my textbooks had read like this one. I have to say, this is the first time I’ve ever seen the term ménage à trois in a science textbook. It’s also used as a surprisingly good analogy, although I wonder how the author would…

Lately, I’ve been frequently lamenting how easily physicians can be seduced by the pseudoscience known as “intelligent design” (ID) creationism (or even old-fashioned young earth creationism). Yesterday, I even hung my head in shame after learning of a particularly clueless creationist surgeon, to the point of speculating that I might not be able to show…

Continuing on a theme, physicians can be really clueless sometimes; case in point, what happened at my medical school a couple of days ago. The university that I work at is pretty large. It has three campuses several hundred, if not over a thousand, faculty members spread out between the campuses. Like many large universities,…

Tornadoes

I had planned on posting about this last night, but a late night in the O.R. kept me from it. Consequently, Chad beat me to it, but better late than never, I say. I join Chad in apologizing to my readers for the tornado ad that started running on ScienceBlogs earlier this week and includes…

He’s actually finally going to release the original, unaltered, un-”improved” trilogy on DVD: Fans can look forward to a September filled with classic Star Wars nostalgia, led by the premiere of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game and the long-awaited DVD release of the original theatrical incarnations of the classic Star Wars…

Damn you, PZ! I know I spent three whole posts discussing the problem of credulity towards creationism among physicians. I spent a lot of time in those posts explaining potential reasons why physicians might be susceptible to the blandishments of creationists and even used the example of a medical student who is a proud young…

Happy Birthday to Kevin!

Kevin, MD, one of the big names in the medical blogosphere, is two years old today. His style is a lot less wordy than mine, as he is more given to “Instapundit“-style “link and comment” posts, but he sure does find a lot of interesting material. I don’t know where or how he comes up…

Ya gotta love it…

Medical wiki revisited

Last week, I wrote a rather lengthy (or, as my detractors would probably call it, “long-winded”) post about the concept of a medical wikipedia. As you may recall, I expressed considerable skepticism about whether the wikipedia concept could work as well as its boosters claim it could. Even though others have clarified what a medical…

S.C.A.M., Skeptics, and Chickens

I love a good fisking, and James over at Autism Street has administered a real blog slapdown to a really idiotic article defending “natural medicine.” He rightly points out the jaw-droppingly obvious straw men and appeals to other ways of knowing that Mike Adams uses in the article. But don’t take just my word for…