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Archive for June, 2005

Sunday, June 26th 2005

Dog Days of Summer

This humorous article breaks down just how dangerous it can be to be a patient in July. Take a look at what a difference a day makes for a med student/intern/resident.

- From Kevin, M.D.

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Sunday, June 26th 2005

White Coat

The White Coat Ceremony is a relatively recent tradition, which has, in a short time, taken on considerable prestige and honor at the majority of U.S. allopathic medical schools and even some international medical institutions.

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Saturday, June 25th 2005

U.S. Job-based Healthcare Flawed, Economists Say

Read for yourself, and roll your eyes, from Reuters.
I’m not saying the job-based health insurance system is efficient but the article is more about the necessity for “equality” in health coverage than other problems inherent in the U.S. system. As well, several inaccurate ‘scare statistics’ exist in the article — including the 45 million uninsured million Americans figure — which is patently false.

Friday, June 24th 2005

George Will on Kelo

George Will has written a great Op/Ed in the Washington Post on the recent decision by the Supreme Court to further the power of eminent domain.

Friday, June 24th 2005

Scientology

Scietonologist are nutcases. Including Tom Cruise this morning on Today.

L. Ron Hubbard’s views on psychiatry arose before the founding of the Church of Scientology. However, they are an intricate part of the “religion’s” practice. Slate magazine has a nice article on just what those views are. As can be seen they have no basis in science, and you basically must forget the most basic ideas of cause-and-effect and the scientific method, which every high schooler is taught, in order to buy into these ideas on how to treat mental illness.

Thursday, June 23rd 2005

?!?!?!?!?!?!

Government can seize property for…any reason. Okay that’s an overstatement, but the power of eminent domain has been extended significantly.

The Supreme Court has dealt yet another blow to the idea that property rights are somehow inherent. I guess you can tax me all you want once I’m wealthy. What a load…

Tuesday, June 21st 2005

How Far Away is an AIDS Vaccine?

GlaxoKlineSmith has teamed up with a non-profit for work on one of their AIDs vaccines.
The first AIDs vaccine will appear in the next decade. It’s effectiveness may be in question, however.

Saturday, June 18th 2005

AAMC President Calls for AA

Affirmative Action is not the solution to the disparity in care.

Despite that belief, I hold up the right for private institutions, including medical schools, to discriminate all they want. If they believe that affirmative action serves their school then they should be able to insert that as a policy.

However, public, government run and funded state schools have no place with reverse discrimination and affirmative action.

Saturday, June 18th 2005

Work

I’ve started work at an ophthalmology clinic until school starts. It explains my posting frequency recently.

It is actually cooler than I thought it could be. I’m working with the ophthalmologic photographer who takes pictures of patient’s eyes (inside and outside). I can pick out obvious cholesterol deposits, melanomas, ulcers, some glaucoma complications after only a week. That part of the work is actually pretty fun.

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Monday, June 13th 2005

New York Times Supports Universal Healthcare

In a stunning move, the NY Times has published an op/ed supporting a single payer government run healthcare system.

What Krugman fails to mention, but I have, is that more recent surveys find that support for national health insurance drops well below the majority mark if 1) Patients are limited in what physicians they can see and 2) Waiting times for elective procedures increase.

Both of these are inevitable in a single payer system.

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