I never really watched medical shows, even before and during medical school. I watched maybe one season of ER, a couple of seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and House MD and maybe one episode each of Private Practice, Chicago Hope, Emily Owens MD and other random medical shows. The only medical show I made an exception for was Scrubs, because it was funny and poignant and the closest to replicating what life is actually like in a hospital (but still a long shot I’m afraid!). Oh, and I want to be able to whistle like Dr. Cox.
I’m sure like every profession, seeing your own profession on the big or little screen is generally frustrating because of the gross misrepresentation of your profession, daily life or working environment. Hollywood likes to play fast and loose with facts and science. Entertainment is great and all but that doesn’t stop me from yelling at the television: “That’s not real!” So I thought I would compile a list of some of my favorite fictional faux pas. Continue reading
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Source: The top 10 lies of doctors
I’ve been a doctor for more than 20 years, and I hate to break it to you, but it’s time I came clean: We lie. Doctors lie. Not always. Not necessarily on purpose. But we do.
But, nonetheless, we lie. A lot. Often daily.
Want an inside scoop on the lies to look out for from your doctor?
Paleo-induced mineral periostitis (PiMP) is a recently recognised disease attributed to the so-called “paleo diet”. It most frequently involves the metacarpals and phalanges producing perpendicular periosteal projections (“spines”), an appearance that has lead to the alternative name of “cactus disease”. In severe cases the spines can tent the skin and present clinically, although the majority of cases are only detected radiographically after patients complain of hand pain, particularly when squeezing fruits (e.g. crushing goji berries).
Proponents of the paleo diet continue to deny that it causes PiMP, however a strong temporal association and correlation between length of diet and disease severity have proved scientifically robust; 2016 Cochrane Library metareview. Supportive archeological evidence from paleolithic human populations also exists including cave paintings in Argentina showing cactus hands 12,000 years ago (pictured above).
The European Society for Hand Models recently listed the paleo diet as a category 5 risk (alongside wood work, wicket keeping and thumb wrestling) after founding member Spike E. Hanzenfeat announced that his once “really really, ridiculously good looking hands” had been “internally shashlicked” within seven months of commencing the diet. A Broadway adaptation of his story entitled “The Stuff Fools Swallow” is expected in late 2017.
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You can watch a video here on how to make this Anatomically Correct Heart Cake.
Or you can order a box of anatomically correct chocolates here. Because who wouldn’t want to receive a chocolate uterus or colon for Valentine’s day? 🙂
And here is yet another video link for a (slightly harder to make but very detailed) Anatomically Correct Heart Cake.
See the high resolution here.
I have first seen these videos in my first year of medical school – beautiful, entertaining and accurate! From the micro-life to the macro-life. All the wonders happening within a human cell captured by animations. A must see! 🙂
(source: About Education)
A virus is an infectious particle that displays characteristics of life and non-life. Viruses are different from plants, animals and bacteria in their structure and function. They are not cells and can’t replicate on their own. Viruses must rely on a host for energy production, reproduction and survival. Although typically only 20-400 nanometers in diameter, viruses are the cause of many human diseases including influenza, chickenpox, and the common cold. Continue reading
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