Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To be or not to be

According to the JAMA:

Conclusions In this survey, a small proportion of terminally ill patients seriously considered euthanasia or PAS for themselves. Over a few months, half the patients changed their minds. Patients with depressive symptoms were more likely to change their minds about desiring euthanasia or PAS.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stereotypes

OphthoBook

Dr. Timothy Root is awesome! He's super informative, has a pleasant demeanor, and is just plain hilarious.

Also, he knows how to perfectly pitch his lectures to his audience. At least in my experience I've seldom found intelligent and knowledgeable people are also great teachers and communicators. But Dr. Root certainly is all of the above.

I highly recommend his website which features his book as well. It's excellent for the med student. Although probably too basic for an ophthalmology resident.

Best of all? Everything on his website appears to be free as in free beer (gratis).

And, no, I don't know him or get paid by him or have any other sort of affiliation with him. I just appreciate his work!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Water world

"If you collected all of Earth’s water into a sphere, how big would it be?"

Video game pathology

Specifically, using non-professional gamers we report diagnosis of malaria infected red-blood-cells with an accuracy that is within 1.25% of the diagnostic decisions made by a trained professional.
Watch out pathologists! You might be out of a job. Just kidding, of course. :-)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

History of medical discoveries

A cool little timeline of the history of medical discoveries.

Although I suppose it's understandable why they chose otherwise, I still wish they had included medicine prior to the modern era. Hence my above image.

200 years of surgery

The NEJM is celebrating their 200th anniversary as a journal. Here is an article from the well-known surgeon Atul Gawande.

Check out the rest of their special anniversary articles.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To be or not to be

According to the JAMA:

Conclusions In this survey, a small proportion of terminally ill patients seriously considered euthanasia or PAS for themselves. Over a few months, half the patients changed their minds. Patients with depressive symptoms were more likely to change their minds about desiring euthanasia or PAS.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stereotypes

OphthoBook

Dr. Timothy Root is awesome! He's super informative, has a pleasant demeanor, and is just plain hilarious.

Also, he knows how to perfectly pitch his lectures to his audience. At least in my experience I've seldom found intelligent and knowledgeable people are also great teachers and communicators. But Dr. Root certainly is all of the above.

I highly recommend his website which features his book as well. It's excellent for the med student. Although probably too basic for an ophthalmology resident.

Best of all? Everything on his website appears to be free as in free beer (gratis).

And, no, I don't know him or get paid by him or have any other sort of affiliation with him. I just appreciate his work!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Water world

"If you collected all of Earth’s water into a sphere, how big would it be?"

Video game pathology

Specifically, using non-professional gamers we report diagnosis of malaria infected red-blood-cells with an accuracy that is within 1.25% of the diagnostic decisions made by a trained professional.
Watch out pathologists! You might be out of a job. Just kidding, of course. :-)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

History of medical discoveries

A cool little timeline of the history of medical discoveries.

Although I suppose it's understandable why they chose otherwise, I still wish they had included medicine prior to the modern era. Hence my above image.

200 years of surgery

The NEJM is celebrating their 200th anniversary as a journal. Here is an article from the well-known surgeon Atul Gawande.

Check out the rest of their special anniversary articles.