White Coat Underground

Archives for February, 2009

The movement against vaccination is old—very old. All medical interventions require scrutiny. Like any medical intervention, vaccines require systematic investigation before deployment, and monitoring during their use. Still, vaccines have done more for public health than most Westerners under the age of fifty can imagine. Inoculation and vaccination have been vilified in many ways, from…

Friday wildlife from PalMom

I don’t usually see these guys during the day, but this one was caught (barely) by PalMom and PalKid.

Whooping cough on the rise

Apparently, it’s time once again to remind people why vaccination is important. Pertussis (“whooping cough”) is a nasty vaccine-preventable illness that is highly contagious and can be deadly to little ones. And it’s making a comeback. The Michigan Department of Community Health is tracking this disturbing trend: Michigan saw a significant increase in reported cases…

An unexpected visit

Returning phone calls isn’t my strong suit. I’m not sure what it is, but I’d rather just take the calls as they come, whenever possible. I usually let my patients know to have me paged if they need anything important, so it’s not unusual for me to hear from my patients at odd times. It’s…

Choosing a medical specialty

MarkH has Part IV of Choosing a Medical specialty up at denialism blog. Go and read.

A delusion is usually defined as “a fixed, false belief”. Anyone can be wrong, but to persist in being wrong despite all the evidence is the hallmark of delusional thinking. In their latest senseless rant at HuffPo, infectious disease promoters David Kirby and Robert Kennedy, Jr. cling to thin strands of tainted reality as the…

Eight notes on reproductive ethics

Reproductive ethics is a field I’m not all that familiar with, but it’s been a big deal lately, so I’ve been thinking about it a bit. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has a few broadsheets on ethics, which are actually rather helpful. Reproductive medicine is a great field for looking at ethical problems. Let’s…

Trying to explain a little

I don’t have a lot of software (computer is broken, working in the cloud), but here’s a slightly annotated picture of my back: To orient you, I’m facing left, the blocky thingies are my vertebral bodies. Hopefully this helps.

Blogroll Amnesty Day

It’s a tradition in the blogosphere for more popular blogs to help out the little guys. But only once a year. Usually in February. Many blogs have very liberal blogroll policies: you link me, I link you. Since I moved into the new space here, I’ve been very lazy conservative with my blogroll, trying to…

ZOMFG! I love teh crazies!

So I was checking out my incomming links on sitemeter and I found a great one. You see, fake diseases alway bring out the wackos. This is the thing about medical wackos. Not only do they think that they have diseases that no real doctor thinks exists, but they think everyone else must have it,…