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Musings of a Scepticemic Oslerphile.
The first boom in treatment for male erectile dysfunction came in the 1920s and 1930 when the Russian-origin French surgeon Serge Abramovitch Voronoff started to prescribe surgical implantation of monkey testicles in the human scrotum to augment sexual prowess. This gained quite a bit of fan following for a couple of decades and brough Voronoff […]... Read more »
Klotz L. (2005) How (not) to communicate new scientific information: a memoir of the famous Brindley lecture. BJU international, 96(7), 956-7. PMID: 16225508
Disclaimer: This post contains a lot of explicit images and one explicit video as well. The language is also not suited for the run of the mill blog, but in the spirit of writing unhindered, I have edited myself as little as possible. If there is a possibility that graphic references to (human) sexual activities offend […]... Read more »
Schultz WW, van Andel P, Sabelis I, & Mooyaart E. (1999) Magnetic resonance imaging of male and female genitals during coitus and female sexual arousal. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 319(7225), 1596-600. PMID: 10600954
My attention was drawn to an article in the JAMA today (1) by one of my friends who is actively pursuing the USMLE route. And after reading this, I guess I have to admit that one now has to make haste in order to prevent waste. Now I have long been wanting to write about [...]... Read more »
Traverso G, & McMahon GT. (2012) Residency training and international medical graduates: coming to America no more. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 308(21), 2193-4. PMID: 23212494
Today I attended a Basic Epidemiology class meant for the undergraduate students as I thought it would be good to brush up on my basic knowledge. The topics for the day were Hypothesis Testing and An Introduction to Randomized Controlled Trials, both pretty important ones, no matter which level you are studying at. What struck [...]... Read more »
Raju TN. (2005) William Sealy Gosset and William A. Silverman: two "students" of science. Paediatrics, 116(3), 732-735. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2005-1134
The past few weeks have been very demanding on me and I have not had the best of times, either on the personal or on the professional front. So, today, I took a break from the usual drudgery of life and decided to take a step back and remind myself of the bigger picture of [...]... Read more »
Dalton ML. (2001) William Osler's influence on the career of Tinsley Randolph Harrison. Southern medical journal, 94(7), 724-7. PMID: 11531181
I wish all my readers a very Happy Valentine’s Day and though I am spending it in a rather sad and loser-like fashion, I hope y’all make a day out of it! I know this is the day when pink sappiness overrules our lives and the loveless ones like myself feel rather left out of [...]... Read more »
Davenport, S., & Birtle, J. (1990) Association between parasuicide and Saint Valentine's Day. BMJ, 300(6727), 783-784. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.300.6727.783
Sorry for missing the train on this one. February 4th is the World Cancer Day and is one of the public health days that could do with some more propaganda in the public eye. I was so caught up with work and studies it just passed me by and I could not even get the [...]... Read more »
Bokemeyer C, Droz JP, Horwich A, Gerl A, Fossa SD, Beyer J, Pont J, Schmoll HJ, Kanz L, Einhorn L.... (2001) Extragonadal seminoma: an international multicenter analysis of prognostic factors and long term treatment outcome. Cancer, 91(7), 1394-401. PMID: 11283942
Like the rest of the nation (and some would say, the world), I have been asking myself over and over again why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di. And in addition to that I have been asking myself why the heck does this happen to us in the first place. Now if you are not aware [...]... Read more »
Beaman, C., & Williams, T. (2010) Earworms (stuck song syndrome): Towards a natural history of intrusive thoughts. British Journal of Psychology, 101(4), 637-653. DOI: 10.1348/000712609X479636
First up, I cannot believe the numbers! This is awe-inspiring. I read the abstract three times in order to convince myself that I was not seeing things. More than the results of the study itself what intrigues me no ends is how the researchers got the participants to open up about screwing with Billy. Billy [...]... Read more »
Zequi SD, Guimarães GC, da Fonseca FP, Ferreira U, de Matheus WE, Reis LO, Aita GA, Glina S, Fanni VS, Perez MD.... (2011) Sex with Animals (SWA): Behavioral Characteristics and Possible Association with Penile Cancer. A Multicenter Study. The journal of sexual medicine. PMID: 22023719
I have a slew of exams lined up and am recovering from a (suspected) repetitive stress injury of the right wrist. Combined, they have managed to keep me offline long enough to stay off the blog. But since yesterday my wrist has been feeling a little more supple and hence, this post. Not much of [...]... Read more »
Happy Pumpkin Day folks, and to celebrate this day of weird encounters, I am going to reel off a list of the commonest peeves I have experienced in the past couple of years I have been doing Medicine. There are obvious gaps in the stories, and many are not even unique to me, but I [...]... Read more »
Moseley, J., O'Malley, K., Petersen, N., Menke, T., Brody, B., Kuykendall, D., Hollingsworth, J., Ashton, C., & Wray, N. (2002) A Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee. New England Journal of Medicine, 347(2), 81-88. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa013259
Forgive the hyperbolic title. Do not take offense and read on before hating on me. Thanks. Please note the post script for added justification for this inflammatory title, if you so feel. Thanks. Now on with the main show! Charles Edward Beevor is probably the most well known for the eponymous neurological sign in his [...]... Read more »
As big a fan of the House MD show I am, let me start off with the disclaimer that I consider this to be one of the worst ever episodes of House MD to come on air. EVER! And that … Continue reading →... Read more »
Steen S, Ingemansson R, Eriksson L, Pierre L, Algotsson L, Wierup P, Liao Q, Eyjolfsson A, Gustafsson R, & Sjöberg T. (2007) First human transplantation of a nonacceptable donor lung after reconditioning ex vivo. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 83(6), 2191-4. PMID: 17532422
Yeah, once again, almost everyone got it right. There are few songs that tend to stick in your head as much as stayin’ alive does, and indeed, it is just the right beat to make your CPR go along with. … Continue reading →... Read more »
Matlock, D., Hafner, J., Bockewitz, E., Barker, L., & Dewar, J. (2008) 83: “Stayin' Alive”: A Pilot Study to Test the Effectiveness of a Novel Mental Metronome in Maintaining Appropriate Compression Rates in Simulated Cardiac Arrest Scenarios. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 52(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2008.06.149
In what appears to be a largely counter intuitive result, research by the American Journal of Medicine has unearthed that patients end up faring worse when treated by older doctors or more experienced doctors. This Reuters article delves into the … Continue reading →... Read more »
Southern, W., Bellin, E., & Arnsten, J. (2011) Longer Lengths of Stay and Higher Risk of Mortality among Inpatients of Physicians with More Years in Practice. The American Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.04.011
Just a few days ago, I was co-authoring a submission for a journal on the issue of handling social media with care and needed to cite a bunch of blogs and non-traditional online sources of information (including Tweets and Friendfeed … Continue reading →... Read more »
The medical mind has pondered and pondered on the existence of maladies of the body and mind which are real, and sometimes, not so real. While the cynics say that the latter exist only in the realms of medical lore, … Continue reading →... Read more »
With the last Harry Potter movie in the piping (due for a global release this weekend), it is understandable if the Potter craze gets a little irked this time around. And in true keeping with my Pottermania, in this post, … Continue reading →... Read more »
Gwilym, S. (2005) Harry Potter casts a spell on accident prone children. BMJ, 331(7531), 1505-1506. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.331.7531.1505
A skiagram of the chest, showing miliary mottling, suggestive of Pulmonary Koch’s Disease in both lungs. there is also an opacity of the right upper lobe suggestive of active pulmonary disease. Patient was an 84 year old man, with a … Continue reading →... Read more »
Argyll Robertson pupils (“AR pupils”) are bilateral small pupils that constrict when the patient focuses on a near object (they “accommodate”), but do not constrict when exposed to bright light (they do not “react” to light). This condition is colloquially … Continue reading →... Read more »
Timoney PJ, & Breathnach CS. (2010) Douglas Argyll Robertson (1837-1909) and his pupil. Irish journal of medical science, 179(1), 119-21. PMID: 20069387
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