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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,…

The New York Times is reporting that the economic stimulus bill will include over a billion dollars to fund research into medical evidence. This is a good thing, but it’s bound to be controversial. I’ve mentioned before that we need to spend money to improve our medical infrastructure, and this could be a step in…

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…

WTF is going on here?

There’s been some pretty cryptic talk on ScienceBlogs over the last day or so, which brings up some topics that may seem obscure to some readers.* Worse, it gives an appearance that bloggers are engaged in some sort of self-indulgent flame war over minutiae. Let me help draw a guide for those of you who…

Health care is infrastructure

There’s a lot of talk about there about “economic stimulus” and “infrastructure”, but what is “infrastructure”? Traditionally, it’s the basic physical and social structure needed for a society to operate. Roads, sewers, utilities, schools—these are the “guts” of our nation. Without these things, and the pooling of resources they require, we are nothing more than…

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…

It’s generally a bad idea to assault the religious beliefs of your friends, neighbors, and relatives. That being said, sometimes it’s unavoidable. My being Jewish is hard for some people, who feel that just by being me, I am denying their Lord and delaying His return (and before you start tossing No True Scotsmans at…

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…

A delusion is usually defined as “a fixed, false belief”. Anyone can be wrong, but to persist in being wrong despite all the evidence is the hallmark of delusional thinking. In their latest senseless rant at HuffPo, infectious disease promoters David Kirby and Robert Kennedy, Jr. cling to thin strands of tainted reality as the…