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Archives for July, 2010

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Ethics and goals: always a challenge

My formal ethical training began in medical school with an introduction to the basic concepts of medical ethics. This training continued as I encountered difficult cases and thought through them, often with the help of the hospital ethics committee. While I haven’t continued my formal education in ethics, I’ve continued my own reading, and I…

Sunday morning reflections

The Midwest loves extremes. Our spring is a quick, cold bucket of water to the face, and the fall a brief but intense set of umber and auburn brush strokes on the landscape. Today is neither of those, but still, hot, and humid enough to make breathing uncomfortable. So I’m looking out the window, rather…

I shouldn’t see any cases of pertussis (“whooping cough”), but I do. We have a safe, effective and affordable vaccine. But still, people are getting this disease. In the age group I see (adults), immunity has often waned, and if they haven’t been revaccinated, they can get the disease and pass it on. In adults…

Important reads you may be missing

Since the Pepsipocalypse, several excellent science writers (some of the best, really) have sought out new homes online. You really shouldn’t miss them. SciCurious: special shout out to Sci who is one of the best pseudonymous science writers out there, and if she were under her real name would probably be one of the best…

Would this work in Kansas?

Catherine Shoichet, a reporter at CNN, is reporting on a unique (as far as I know) public health intervention. For a few bucks, a randy Switzer can have a three pack of condoms delivered by bike in one hour. How cool is that?

Rostropovich and Richter

I credit my youngest sister for introducing me to these guys playing this piece, but it might have been my father. I’ve listened to several different musicians playing this, and none matches these two. None. The vid starts in the middle, but it’s still worth watching Rostropovich make the cello weep.

I was a bit torn when trying to figure out how to approach this piece.  A reader emailed me about an article in the Huffington Post, and there is so much wrong with it that I felt overwhelmed.  My solution is to focus on a few of the problems that can help illuminate broader points.…

Casals plays Bach

Bach’s first solo cello suite looks deceptively simple on the page. It doesn’t call for virtuosity as such, but to sound like more than an ├ętude requires someone like Pablo Casals.

Yes, this is a repost, sort of. I first put this up on denialism blog in December of 2008. For various reasons, I haven’t had a chance to crank out anything fresh this weekend, but this is still a good one, and I’ve edited it to freshen it up a bit, so don’t complain until…