As you tip your glass on the holiday, here's a little piece from the archives for you. Originally posted September 7, 2010--PalMD Chasing around wild internet stories is a full time job, and I already have one of those, but thanks to a friend (h/t Dr. Isis), a wild story came across my desk … Continue reading Piss whiskey and bad medicine
Originally posted November 28, 2009. --PalMD I have in front of me a weathered copy of Cecil's Textbook of Medicine from 1947. It belonged to my father, who graduated from medical school in the 1940s. Even then, it was known that pneumoccus, a common bacterium, can live harmlessly in the nose and throat and only … Continue reading Captain of the men of death
Originally posted October 14, 2010. A little weekend repost. --PalMD When I lived in Northern California, I would often hear stories about people scouring the back country for psychedelic toads. In popular imagination, these toad wranglers would then gather around bonfires and with great ceremony and earnestness, they would lick hapless bufoids until they (the … Continue reading Should I lick this?
She lay in bed, her breathing erratic; she would breathe in deep and fast, then exhale slowly, as if she'd just hit her first cigarette of the day. In place of a cigarette was a tube, about a quarter of an inch wide. It was stained brown, and every few minutes a bucket attached to … Continue reading Death smells like vanilla
Lot's of young people from the Detroit area move to Chicago, and I was one of them. As a medical resident I worked with a fellow Michigander, an attending physician I'd known when we were younger. One day he called me. Did I know this woman from home? -Of course, sort of, why? -Because she's … Continue reading Clusters
In have a 5% chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. That's not so high, but it's higher than I want it. Most of that risk is due to my cholesterol and my age. I can't do anything about the latter, but the former is under my complete control. Cholesterol medications … Continue reading Running toward prevention
In 2000, a panel of experts was brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They came to discuss whether measles was still endemic in the United States, that is whether it still existed in the general background of US infectious diseases. They concluded that measles had been eradicated in the US, … Continue reading Return of an old foe