10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #8

Medicine is an art form. However, it wasn’t always that way.   The history of medical practice has been quite tumultuous. From being one of the most feared fields back in the day (with its high morbidity and mortality rates) to the refined approach that it is today, the nature of medicine has metamorphosed quite dramatically. Every single proponent of the medical field has pushed it forward with his or her efforts, contributing to the joint notion of progress for the betterment of patient care. But who really were these drivers of change?   Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting a few of the most notable physicians in the world. All of them have contributed a novel aspect to the profession, either through their unique care, research, developments, or just pure genius. While there are undoubtedly numerous physicians that deserve to be recognized, I have limited myself to 10 individuals who I found to be the most stellar and memorable.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next visionary here at #8.   8. Dr. John Snow Image Source Medical genius. Child prodigy. Father of epidemiology. All of these terms aptly to one person – Dr. John Snow.   Trained as a physician in the early 1800s, Snow grew to be one of the leading minds known for two particular developments – his work...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #4

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #4.   4. Cutaneous leishmaniasis We are all afraid of getting bit by a mosquito when going abroad to one of the many wondrous countries of Asia, Europe, South America, or some other continent. But what about sandflies? Well, if you are going to one of the Middle Eastern countries like Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan, or to our very own southern neighbors of Peru and Brazil, be careful of those sandflies, known to carry and transmit the parasitic protozoa that cause the rare condition known as cutaneous leishmaniasis.   Among the most common manifestations of the ailment is the formation of one or...

Immune Systems Need ‘Software’ Updates, Just Like Your Macbook

Larry Smarr, Founding Director, CALIT2, details the growing epidemic of children, especially those with gastrointestinal disorders, who were not exposed to the necessary microbiomes during the formative years of their immune systems.   Read more about Larry Smarr. Filmed at FutureMed, in February 2013, at Singularity...

Top 10 Med School Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared For – #4

If you are an undergraduate student, hoping to fulfill your lifelong dream of becoming a physician, let me tell you that I have also been in the same boat, always aspiring to enter the noble profession of helping people in their time of dire need and guiding them to a healthy life.   Today, I am happy to say that I have finally secured admission to a medical school of my choice and I am very excited for the future. While it may seem like I am trying to rub it in your faces (which I am), I want to take this opportunity and reflect on my journey that has brought me here, specifically the medical school admissions process. For most us, this brings back some quite stress-provoking memories of staying up long nights to fill out the AMCAS, supplemental essays, and the like.   However, I would like to zero in on one of the most crucial aspects of the process that we don’t talk much about: the interview. While we all know that good grades and experiences will allow you to take that first step towards being considered for admission at any school, it is truly the interview that determines your fate in the end and permits you to firmly cross through that doorway and into your future.   Thus, over the next several weeks, I will...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #9

Medicine is an art form. However, it wasn’t always that way.   The history of medical practice has been quite tumultuous. From being one of the most feared fields back in the day (with its high morbidity and mortality rates) to the refined approach that it is today, the nature of medicine has metamorphosed quite dramatically. Every single proponent of the medical field has pushed it forward with his or her efforts, contributing to the joint notion of progress for the betterment of patient care. But who really were these drivers of change?   Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting a few of the most notable physicians in the world. All of them have contributed a novel aspect to the profession, either through their unique care, research, developments, or just pure genius. While there are undoubtedly numerous physicians that deserve to be recognized, I have limited myself to 10 individuals who I found to be the most stellar and memorable.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next visionary here at #9.   9. Dr. Robert Liston Image: Source If you think you are fast, think again! Dr. Robert Liston was one of the most renowned surgeons of his time, known widely for his speed of operation in a time when anesthesia was absent. From conducting an amputation in just under three minutes to...

An Explanation of Childhood Obesity: An Infographic

A Rapper Turned Doctor is Remixing Healthcare in the Most Refreshing Way

Being a thought leader ain’t easy. So I’ve chosen to be a thought follower. But every now and then I write down some thoughts, mostly stolen, and someone publishes them. The AAMC Reporter recently published just such a piece. BUT…they edited out all the horrible humorous bits. So I’ve included the unmolested version here. And I’m even gonna throw in Turntable Health Cribs, a quick MTV walkthrough of our clinic, courtesy of Fremont East Studios. Shazaam! Video Source Rebooting Primary Care by ZDoggMD For the better part of a decade, I practiced inpatient hospital medicine at a large academic center (the name isn’t important, but it rhymes with Afghanistan…ford). I used to play a game with the med students and housestaff: let’s estimate how many of our inpatients actually didn’t need hospitalization, had they simply received effective outpatient preventative care. Over the years, our totals were almost never less than 50%. For my fellow math-challenged Americans: that’s ONE HALF! Clearly, if there were actually were any incentives to prevent disease, they sure as heck weren’t working. In a country whose care pyramid is upside down—more specialists than primary care docs, really?—we’re squandering our physical, emotional, and economic health while spending more per capita than anyone else. Four percent of our healthcare dollars go towards primary care, with much of the remaining 95% paying for the failure of primary care. (The missing 1%? Doritos.) Worse still, the...

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