Carbon, Medicine, Public Health, and Clark Kent

I remember as a child in the 1960’s watching my favorite series, Superman. In one episode, Superman (also Clark Kent sans Glasses) crushed a piece of coal and made a Diamond for Lois Lane. I remember at the time thinking that was pretty cool. Of course, I was 7. We know that while the carbon …

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Ebola, Hanta, and Marburg..But don’t Panic. Yet.

The Internet has been flooded of late with information (and significant misinformation) about Ebola. The most popular search term on Google is now “Ebola” (recently it was “Twerking”). But with all the information available, much of it offered up by non-scientists and armchair-experts, how does the average person sift the facts from what is essentially …

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Life and Death in America: A Return to 19th Century Life Expectancy?

We have all read how life expectancy in the United States has drastically increased from the 1800’s, and even since the mid 20th Century. Few, however, are cognizant of exactly how that has happened. Yes, food production is increased drastically, however food quality has not necessarily improved, at least the food that the majority of …

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Denny Crane has Mad Cow, or Trouble With Tribbles Retropective

One of versatile Canadian actor William Shatner’s most memorable characters was Boston Legal’s Denny Crane. In the final season of the series, Crane becomes convinced that he has been infected with Mad Cow disease, often using the utterance “Mad cow” to explain the bewildering statements he makes. In actuality, contracting Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE, …

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Too unpleasant for most of the public to contemplate: The Political Stupidity of the 19th Century

The medical series, House, M.D. makes excellent television for many interested in the health field. As the foundation of the diagnostics department, Dr Greg House uses his exceptional knowledge of medicine, infectious and chronic diseases, and even aspects of psychology to unravel the causes of his patient’s illness. Few hospitals actually have departments of diagnostic …

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