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Archives for January, 2010

The Line

There has been much written about the doctor-patient relationship, and specifically how to best maintain a clinical distance while at the same time being empathic and compassionate. This is something individual doctors work on throughout their careers, but something else interests me here. Most physicians derive enjoyment from helping people. Altruism (a topic way too…

Blogiversary

I was traveling on the 14th, the official date of my first blogiversary at WCU, Sb edition. I started blogging in May of 2007 at the original WCU on WordPress, then was invited to join the denialism blog here at Sb, and then decided to reclaim my brand. It’s been a helluva year, blogging-wise, and…

I had the good fortune of spending a woefully-insufficient amount of time with author Rebecca Skloot at ScienceOnline10 last weekend. Rebecca has worked for the last decade on a remarkable book which is being released next month, but thanks to a quick hand on the keyboard, an active twitter account, and a glass of Merlot…

Haiti

The current tragedy in Haiti may turn out to be one of the worst natural disasters (if not the worst) the Western Hemisphere has seen in the post-colonial era. Immediate deaths caused directly by trauma from the quake itself will likely number in the tens of thousands but we can be pretty sure that there’s…

The great Dr. Sandy Templeton once asked his pathology class, “Why do people go to the doctor?” People came up with all sorts of responses, but to each he gave his best British, “No, no, no, no!” Then he would tell us, “They come to the doctor because they don’t feel well and they want…

Crisler and his boyz go all classy

An inside source on Crisler’s non-steroid-fueled “muscleboards.com” (which is now reg-protected) has fed me some classy stuff: And someone told me he thinks PalMD is a child molestor. That is why he does not post his true name. A cursory look at what he has chosen to publish shows him to be a man of…

Dr Crisler responds

Two recent posts raised some ethical questions about the practice of a very public doctor who has proclaimed himself (on the front page of his website) to be an expert on testosterone replacement therapy. Leading TRT expert Dr. Crisler is now available for consultations, lectures, advanced physician training, conference hosting, interviews, and more. Well, Dr…

Dr. Crisler, I fear for your medical soul

Yesterday I wrote a piece expressing some concerns about a physician’s practice featured in the news recently. Dr. John Crisler is a self-described anti-aging and men’s health physician. A couple of my concerns regarded his prescribing practices and his possible practice of distance medicine. From closer perusal of his site it would appear that he…

HuffPo—the Great Attractor of idiocy

The shamans of stupidity over at Huffington Post recently wrote a completely insane article whining about how unfair it is that science keeps winning. Orac did his usual best to illustrate how bizarre these folks are (and how wrong). But I also love the comments to the piece. They were an interesting mix of jaws…

Dangerous medicine?

An interesting discussion has been going on over at TerraSig. Abel used his expertise in pharmacology to help explain some of the nearly-inexplicable events that led to the injury of dozens and deaths of several participants in a sweat lodge ceremony. The investigation led to a Michigan physician who runs a “men’s health” practice and…