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Archives for March, 2009

There’s a war going on in medicine

This war taking place in our nation’s medical schools and academic medical centers. Orac at Respectful Insolence has been tracking this trend, as have those of us writing at Science-Based Medicine. It is a war between those who feel that medicine should continue to be based on science and those who want to integrate faith-based…

Oh, God…not the Pope again

Pope Benedict, the former head of the same Church body that ran the Inquisition, has done it again. He just committed an act which is morally equivalent to involuntary sodomy, and did it to an entire continent. Africa, the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, sometimes seems to have not all that much going for it—AIDS…

The kindest cut?

The best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections is the proper use of condoms. That being said, it’s not the only way to prevent STI’s. Abstinence is one way, but it involves an amputation of sorts—the removal of a critical human behavior. Another amputation (of sorts) that prevents STIs is circumcision. Male circumcision has been…

Holy Crap! I missed my blogiversary

My first blogiversary at scienceblogs.com came and went on March 20th, and I failed to eat cake. Oh well, next time I’ll remember party favors.

HuffPo does it again

Whatever you think of its political reporting, no other mainstream media outlet can bring the stupid like the Huffington Post, especially with regards to medical reporting. Its most famous contributors include antivaccinationists like David Kirby and Robert Kennedy, Jr., and kumbaya therapy wackaloon Deepak Chopra. Now they bring us an article by some dude I’ve…

The current insanity at JAMA has been well reported elsewhere (also see these links: here, here, here, and here). I’ll give you a thumbnail sketch. A professor from a small university wrote to JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) to let them know that an author of an antidepressant study appeared to have…

Laughing

There’s nothing like the sound of a little kid laughing. It’s not just a sound, but an experience of the entire body and mind. They lose control—often of the bladder, and without shame. Anything sets them off—a joke, a pratfall, a burp (and everyone’s favorite, the butt-trumpet). We had a great weekend together. Lot’s of…

Atheists talk—and so does Dr. Pal

I was invited to speak on Atheist Talk this morning, a radio show put on by Minnesota Atheists. Stephanie Zvan did the interview, and she’s quite good. The show is available as a podcast, and today’s show had little to do at all with atheism (in fact, in all the times Stephanie and I have…

Must see TV

Janet and I have another bloggingheads discussion up. We talk about ethics, alternative medicine, and her prostate. Go and watch.

An ancient puzzle

My recent post on head trauma got me thinking. The practice of trepanation (the drilling of holes in the head) is thousands of years old. While looking up information on the practice I came upon this woodcut. The engraving is, I believe, from 16th century England. Over at wikipedia, editors were discussing whether or not…