Thursday, August 10, 2006

Miscellany, Medical

Tomorrow we'll get back to SF and faith, I promise, but in the meantime, if you're as fascinated as I am by medicine, here are some tidbits for you.

The latest Change of Shift is up over at It's A Nursing Thing. This is an exceptionally good issue, and I'm not just saying that because I'm in it. Be sure to check out the pieces by Donorcycle, Warrior Mom, and Nurse Ratched, who provides a wry historical essay on what it was like to try to track down doctors in the era before pagers and cellphones. And if you have a strong stomach and handy tissues, I also highly recommend the posts by Surgeonsblog and KT Living.

Keep those tissues out for this NPR report on end-of-life care for children. This isn't a topic most of us even want to think about, but for the sake of the kids and their families, I'm glad some doctors are doing so. Note that there are three parts here, and don't miss Dr. Chris Feudtner's letter to his own sons about his work. Thanks to eagle-eyed Gary for spotting this for me!

And, finally, the New York Times most e-mailed list has two interesting health articles, one on changing theories about migraines and one on -- ewwww! -- tapeworms, memorably described as both cunning and compassionate. This week's health tip: if you make your own gefilte fish, do not, in the name of everything that's holy, sample the raw ingredients.

Tomorrow: Nichelle Nichols, MLK Jr., and GalaxyQuest. Stay tuned!

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