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Welcome one and all readers of my blog. I am having a bit of writing block right now, but hey, it seems failures are as important as successes. In my surfing, here are some of the many successes I have come across. Read the rest of this entry »

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The every other week Brain blogging carnival is up.  Check it out for a great collection of posts “related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective.”  Right up my alley.  Many thanks for including a couple of my posts.

Also, medicine aficionado’s may check out this week’s edition of Grand Rounds at Polite Dissent, a rather novel medical comic book blog.

   I know, I know, how dare I start my post with such a dirty word.  A little while back I discussed the problem of Organ transplantation and supply shortage, giving my innovative and fantastically fair minded solution.  Of course, I got not so much a whisper’s feedback, so either readers have sat back in awe and stunned silence of my brilliance, or I am just delusional.  One thing I have no delusions about is the pipe dream of fairly distributing health care to everyone.

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     Way back at the birth of this blog (last January), DMI Dave suggested that there weren’t many LDS or Non-LDS doctors blogging on-line.  Today I am happy to announce that this is not in fact true.  Mormon Docs maybe, I try to link them in the sidebar, but many and varied are the Non-LDS doctor and medical population. (I think the problem may be that doctors and lawyers  just don’t mix well, professional hazard. 😉 )  Every week, a collection of the best of the medical blogs is assembled at rotating sights under the name Grand Rounds.  This week it can be found at Canadian Medicine.  Check it out for some some entertaining and informative posts (including yours truly!).

  The human body is a wonderful and marvelous gift.  As wonderful as it is for us as individuals, it can also be a wonderful gift for the good of mankind.  I posted a recent link about a special group of individuals.   Every medical student, along with many other training medical professionals has the opportunity, in order to learn the art of medicine, to open up the empty shell left behind by these people in mortality and study it firsthand, orienting themselves to the structures that they will later learn the marvelous functions of.  They donate their bodies to science, where we can learn from them prior to their returning to the dust and apply that knowledge to the healing of others.  Read the rest of this entry »

For over 20 years our country and its undying commitment to capitalism have tried desperately to slow mushrooming healthcare costs, and failed miserably. HMOs, Capitation, things that business was confident would succeed where those fiscally incompetent doctors failed, fell flat. Patients, it seems, did not tolerate their health and well-being treated as a business. Read the rest of this entry »

     Thanks to the Frontal Cortex, I recently stumbled across an article on the online journal n+1 that describes firsthand a new and disturbing trend in higher education, Adderall abuse.   Adderall is a mixture of long and short acting amphetamines that keep the mind revved up and the body energized for hours.  It appears overachievers at Ivy League Universities are sorely tempted by this as it improves test taking skills, focus, recall, enables all-nighters to work, etc.  The one group of students my mind immediately went to was the classic overachiever, the medical student.  Read the rest of this entry »

It is time time again for my weekly roundup of stuff I wish I wrote, found wandering the ethernet. I have discovered the wonder that is google reader. Now every time I run into a great post, mind, body, or soul, you can can view it on my sidebar (nuggets from all over) should you should you feel inclined. It even has its own RSS feed if you want to go nuts in the Doc’s stuff he wish he wrote fanclub, or if spirituality, or neuroscience, or medicine happen to be your thing too. Knock yourself out. I will continue to recognize and summarize my absolute favorites each week for your viewing/reading pleasure. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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