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Right is right, right?

I’m getting really tired of this nature vs. nurture debate when discussing homosexual rights. It’s always interesting to investigate the origins of human behavior, and occasionally something is found to be purely genetic, but I suspect that sexuality, like many human attributes, has a complex mix of biological and non-biological causes. That doesn’t piss me…

Morning Report #2

Morning report is a daily conference for medical residents. It is done differently at different institutions, but normally a case is presented, often by the post-call team, and discussed by the senior residents and an attending physician. Today’s case will be the first in an occasional series. It is best read above the fold first,…

Sunday paean

Science is hard. But science, and the methodological naturalism that underlies it, has proved to be the best way to observe, describe, and explain our reality. Sure, people can come up with ridiculous straw man arguments like, “but how do you measure love?” but these arguments ring hollow. (We measure “love”, a behavior, by the…

Paternialism is not patriarchy

I keep pandagon.net on my google reader. I don’t agree with everything I read there, which is a good thing, but I do respect Amanda Marcotte’s opinions (and they are always well-written). I must take some exception with her recent analysis of the octuplet fiasco. It’s not just that I have a problem with blaming…

The movement against vaccination is old—very old. All medical interventions require scrutiny. Like any medical intervention, vaccines require systematic investigation before deployment, and monitoring during their use. Still, vaccines have done more for public health than most Westerners under the age of fifty can imagine. Inoculation and vaccination have been vilified in many ways, from…

Whooping cough on the rise

Apparently, it’s time once again to remind people why vaccination is important. Pertussis (“whooping cough”) is a nasty vaccine-preventable illness that is highly contagious and can be deadly to little ones. And it’s making a comeback. The Michigan Department of Community Health is tracking this disturbing trend: Michigan saw a significant increase in reported cases…

ZOMFG! I love teh crazies!

So I was checking out my incomming links on sitemeter and I found a great one. You see, fake diseases alway bring out the wackos. This is the thing about medical wackos. Not only do they think that they have diseases that no real doctor thinks exists, but they think everyone else must have it,…

A little science, a little rant

She sat on the exam table looking tired an cranky. Otherwise there wasn’t much to note about her appearance—not young, but not old; not thin, but not fat; she didn’t smell of smoke or have pet hair on her clothes. A glance at her demographics sheet confirmed that she was middle-aged, domiciled, and employed—and uninsured.…

Keeping ‘em alive

One of the frequent complaints I hear about real medicine is that it is dangerous. Of course, it’s true—so is riding in a train, but it sure beats walking. And that’s the danger of this particular fallacy—yes, medicine is a sharp tool, but it’s also an effective tool, so we must use it properly. And…

Some things I just don’t understand

I gotta admit that I just don’t get it. Perhaps it’s my overly narrow world-view, or perhaps it’s my lack of imagination, but I really don’t get it. Let me explain. I’ve got this horrid pain in my back and leg. It’s searing, aching, gnawing. My foot is numb, but still hurts. It tingles, feels…