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Archives for February, 2010

Ambivalent Academic made a fascinating observation today about certain parts of the animal rights movement: What really strikes me is that a lot of this rhetoric reads like snuff-porn. [...] There is an undercurrent of appetite for the kind of violence they describe. It reads as if they take pleasure in imagining the violence they…

Animal Rights Terrorists Target Children

I have this friend. She used to be a scientist, but changed fields, earning a Ph.D. in philosophy. She now studies and teaches the ethics of the practice of science. I’m sure most of my readers understand how important this is. Without transparent, thoughtful, and informed discussions of ethics, the practice of science and medicine…

Platelet rich plasma

Several months ago, Dr. Val Jones wrote about a growing fad in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The therapy, called platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection, involves taking a small amount of blood from a patient, spinning it down in a centrifuge, and then injecting the plasma component into…somewhere. This treatment is becoming increasingly popular, and…

Just because I wouldn’t do it…

I’ve written previously about my decision not to assist patients in obtaining medical marijuana. My decision is based on my interpretation of the data and of medical ethics. This decision is independent of any opinion I may have about legalization. But other doctors may see things differently. The data are clear to me, but the…

Clinical Marijuana Research Update

Human beings are fundamentally narcissistic, and this narcissism can be antithetical to good science and good medicine. We place far too much confidence in our individual abilities to understand what happens to us, and we place far too much importance on our own experiences, inappropriately generalizing them. That’s why science is so important in medicine—to…

Inevitabilities

Every morning I get to wake up my daughter and get her ready for school, but often that’s the last time I see her until the next day. The other day, my wife took her out of school to go to the dentist (apparently the entire school became aware of this just after my daughter).…

Blogging and disaster response

There are plenty of bloggers who consider themselves to be serving a larger social purpose. How much of a service they actually provide depends very much on your own ideology. I’m sure RedState thinks they are providing vital, timely political analysis, while I think they’re a waste of bandwidth. Similarly, there are countless quacks offering…

The story of the Texas nurses who were fired and prosecuted for reporting a flaky doctor just keeps getting better. This case was surprising in that it at first seemed to be a clear abuse of power by local officials but on deeper exploration involved a whole army of unorthodox medical thinkers (my prior coverage of…

Everyone else on the internet is wrong

I’m crabby. Normally I’m a pretty easy-going dude, but right now I’m crabby and some of the stuff I’m reading on the internet lately is so stultifyingly stupid, I just can’t contain myself any longer. It’s not unexpected for Dr. Communication-is-My-Field to belie his title with every word he writes, but last week’s post of…

Happy Valentine’s Day