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Archives for December 19, 2006

Grand Rounds, vol. 3, no. 12

The latest Grand Rounds has been posted at Nurse Ratched’s Place. This time around it’s, appropriately enough, a Charlie Brown Christmas theme.

New vaccine blog

Well this looks interesting, a new blog by the author of Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, Arthur Allen. Looks like something I may have to check out. Allen captures why various conditions like autism are so readily attributed by parents to vaccines: The history of vaccination is criss-crossed with controversies. The allegation…

Gideon’s backlash (a.k.a. Darwin’s revenge)

Here’s a great idea: I was staying in a hotel in New York earlier this year, and I noticed that as well as the usual Gideon’s bible, there was also a copy of the Quran. So that got me thinking – why limit the principle to religious books, why not get some science in there…

A travesty of justice in Libya

I wish I could say that this was unexpected, but, given the politics and backwardness of Libya, it wasn’t. The Tripoli Six (a. k. a. the Benghazi Six) have been found guilty by a kangaroo court in Libya: A Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting…