A link to a video, the Too Informed Patient came my way several times lately. You can find the curious clip on NPR’s Marketplace site:
The Too Informed Patient from Marketplace on Vimeo.
The skit depicts the interaction between a young man with a rash and his older physician. The patient is an informed kind of guy – he’s checked his own medical record on the doctor’s website, read up on rashes in the Boston Globe, checked pix on WebMD, seen an episode of Gray’s Anatomy about a rash and, most inventively, checked i-Diagnose, a hypothetical app (I hope) that led him to the conclusion that he might have epidermal necrosis.
Not to worry, the patient informs Dr. Matthews, who meanwhile has been trying to examine him (“say aaahhh” and more), he’s eligible for an experimental protocol. After some back-and-forth in which the doctor, who’s been quite courteous
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A few weeks ago I found some doctors singing on YouTube. They made me laugh and perhaps, even, feel better.
Doctors in Cyberspace
I contacted the singing doctors to check, among other things, that they’re still in business. It turns out that Drs. Barry Levy and Greg LaGana both graduated from Cornell University Medical College just a few years back, in 1971. They’ve been performing together for years and still do.
“Why rant and rave when a laugh will do?” said the New York Times about the pair, in 2004.
Now, they have a YouTube channel. Of the five videos available, my preference is Doctors in Cyberspace (above) but that’s probably because I’m partial to the “I Feel Pretty” melody from West Side Story. Health Care Business, to the tune of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” comes in at a close second and, based on the number of
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The Santiago Times reports that the rescued Chilean miners donned suits and pink ribbons, the latter in honor of breast cancer awareness month, at a ceremony at the the presidential palace, la Moneda.
Sure, the pink scene’s getting to be a bit much around here. But I don’t belittle this gesture; the miners’ intentions are surely well-meaning, and in places like northern Chile where they lived and worked, BC doesn’t get the overblown attention it does here, at least not yet. Not even close.
So kudos to the miners, from this one blogger in NYC.
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A student clued me in on an old take on therapeutic phlebotomy: the classic 1978 SNL skit, Theodoric of York (Season 3, episode 18), stars Steve Martin (as the barber, Theodoric of York.). It also features Dan Aykroyd (as William), Gilda Radner (as Broom Gilda), Jane Curtin (as Joan), John Belushi (as a hunchback) and a youthful Bill Murray (as a drunkard).
Theodoric of York
It’s a very funny skit when it’s not too gory, with some insight into the history of medicine.
But it’s also a sad reminder about the early deaths of Belushi, a promising actor who died at 33 years from heroin and cocaine toxicity, and of Radner, a wonderful comedian who died at 42 years from ovarian cancer.
As for modern, therapeutic phlebotomy -
In the U.S. and most other places, trained physicians, nurses and other providers perform this procedure routinely using sterile techniques and
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Pajak, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, merges art and science in a novel way: she composed a new work, the Sounds of HIV, based on the virus’s genetic sequence.
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Am I pro– or con– colonoscopy for routine screening, you might wonder. Well, that depends. Am I pro– or con– famous singers and other celebrities extolling the benefits of particular medical interventions? Well, that depends, too. But I’m sure I prefer “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Also “Leaving on a Jet Plane” fills me with imperfect memories of 6th grade.
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Into my Google Reader this morning came a post from Biophemera (an intriguing blog at the interface of art and science). Scientist-artist Jessica Palmer offers a provocative clip featuring Alex Lundry, a self-described conservative political pollster, data-miner and data visualizer… One of the first rules of medicine is knowing your sources…
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