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Archives for April, 2010

Dana Ullman is an idiot. Or maybe insane. I’m not sure which, but his latest article at the Huffington Post reveals such a severe defect in rational thought that it must be one or the other (charitably speaking). He calls it “Lies, Damn Lies (sic), and Medical Research,” and the point of it is quite…

Too much of a bad thing

I’ve never liked Gary Null. Early in my blogging “career” I wasted thousands of words expressing my incredulity at his horrible health advice, his paranoid rants, and his shameless hucksterism. Then I saw something shiny and forgot about him for a while. But now blog bud Orac has ruined my reverie. He informs me that…

Update on our little experiment

Thanks for all of your help since yesterday. Here’s some of the data I’ve culled out from the first 24 hours: Blogpost visits: 654 Visitor sources:  24% of entrances to the post were from Greg Laden’s blog. Feedburner (probably multiple sources): 165 facebook: 98 Retweets: 83 (probably) rationalwiki: 88 other

A little help, please

Next week I’m going to be giving a talk at the 2010 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference & Expo. The title of the talk will be “Medical Blogs: An Under-Recognized Resource for Public Health Awareness and Communication”, but I’ll probably speak more broadly about web 2.0. In preparation for the talk, I’d like you…

Time well spent

A few years ago I was walking through a local mall with my daughter and saw a kid about her age wearing a backpack and holding hands with a young woman. He was a gorgeous little boy, with black hair and huge black eyes. His eyes reminded me of my daughter’s. There was a name…

Epistle from an Undisclosed Vacation

I never thought it would happen, but here we are. I can smell the ocean, hear the wind in the coconut palms. My arms are leaden from swimming, my shoulders reddened by the sun. A little while ago, I was body surfing. When you catch a wave—really catch it—you are weightless, and it is magnificent.…

Dear Dr. Pal

A young relative of mine recently asked me my thoughts about medicine as a career.   It’s a relatively common question in my mail bag, and a tough one to answer, especially when asked by strangers.  Career choices are very personal, so I don’t like to give advice as much as let people know what they…

Why do doctors dislike narcotic abusers?

A few months ago, DrugMonkey reported on a study about how we as health care workers view narcotic users.  Narcotic use and abuse is something we deal with every day and presents many   challenges.  Narcotics are an important tool for controlling pain and many different strategies have been used to try to prevent their legitimate…

In the Soviet Union, party membership was everything. Your job, your access to food and other consumer goods, and your apartment all depended on your standing with the party. And votes were simply a tool to provide a patina of legitimacy. No one who liked warm weather voted against the Party. One of the many…

Right now I’m feeling rather civilized. I had a yummy brick-oven pizza with my family, including my parents and one of my sisters, and I just finished getting my cranky, over-tired child to sleep. Now I’m sitting at my kitchen table drinking some seriously killer single-malt bought for me by my loving spouse, and listening…