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Ancient Anatomy: Sketches of the Past

While we may enjoy (well, maybe the first or even tenth times we study them) perfect anatomical illustrations from our textbooks, there was a time when much less was known about the internal structure of the human body. These anatomical drawings were created by the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci, who was a painter, engineer, architect, and master of many other disciplines, as well. Hat is even more impressive is that Da Vinci illustrated these with the help of dissection of cadavers and almost nothing else, aside from the unrefined, older works of Mondino de Luzzi. Check out these breathtaking, revolutionary sketches by Da Vinci circa 1500: Tumblr | Science...

The WORST Surgery in World History

In 1983, a Japanese man with abdominal pain went to his local hospital, and was treated with a minor ulcer surgery. Despite the purportedly “corrective” procedure, the same man experienced similar abdominal pain…25 years later. Once again, the man sought out medical attention, but this time, his physicians proved more useful. Turns out that during his initial procedure back in 1983, his surgeons got lazy and didn’t feel like properly disposing of the surgical towel they had used, so they stuffed it inside him, sewed him up, and sent him on his way! Talk about quality care–yikes. Check out the full...

The 3 Things You Need to Know About Ebola

The recent outbreak of the fatal ebola virus has brought West Africa to its knees, killing over 600 people and infecting over 1,200, with no signs of slowing down. The infection has now spread to Nigeria, and has infected two Americans who were working to treat infected patients through a U.S. aid organization. Though the virus has not reached the United States outside of quarantine facilities, news agencies are saying it is “just a plane ride away.” That being the case, I think it appropriate and necessary to educate you all about this internecine infection. 1. What is Ebola, and How is it Spread?     Ebola is an infectious virus which is transmitted through close contact with the bodily fluids of infected animals, most commonly bats, chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys. The disease can also find its way into humans through the consumption of infected meat. Once transmitted to people, it can spread rapidly, particularly through contact with ill people, dead bodies, and semen. 2. What are the Symptoms? Initially, the symptoms of ebola resemble those of the common flu: fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat. These symptoms develop into vomiting, diarrhea, rash, a weakening or failure of internal organs, and sometimes bleeding…from the eyes! Yes, it’s true, the disease can cause hemorrhaging, and consequently, bleeding from various orifices such as the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and...

Architect Makes Homes Out of Paper…Watch How They Change Lives

Shigeru Ban is a world renowned Japanese architect known for his groundbreaking work in architecture and design. He is most famous for his use of paper, which has been used as an exceptionally efficient material for housing refugees and victims of major disasters. His low cost  disaster-relief housing designs, which utilize local and sustainable resources, have been used in Japan after the Kobe earthquake, in Turkey, Rwanda and around the world.   Featured image taken from video...

Hope You Had A Happy “FIFA July!”

Though the United States national soccer team has been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup, there’s still cause for celebration this Fourth of July, or as we call it, “FIFA July.” Celebrate Independence Day 2014 and the FIFA World Cup with The Doctor’s Channel team, and score one for...

1 is 2 Many, We Need Your Help

Sexual assault is a serious problem all over the world, but you can help stop it! I believe that one of the best practices in solving a problem is to start by honestly talking about it. By sharing your concerns, thoughts and feelings, you provide others with information about an important topic, spread awareness and allow people to feel more comfortable discussing potential solutions. And, all you docs and “almost” docs are extremely influential people who can make a difference. So please, join the initiative to put sexual assault to an end! Because 1 is 2 many….     Featured image is edited screen shot from video...

Second Traumas: How They Occur & What We Can Do to Prevent Them

I recently attended a conference where the keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Emanuel, discussed trauma, the different treatments and research that has been conducted in Western medicine on behalf of those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The part that caught my attention was how Emanuel characterized trauma. To paraphrase her words, when people tell you about trauma – a death, a physical assault, the end of a relationship/friendship, a shocking diagnosis, etc. – a second trauma occurs if that revelation is not properly witnessed. I found this idea of second trauma to be powerful because so often, trauma is characterized as a bleeding gunshot wound or deep mental distress, but trauma can be any sudden change in your life that affects you mentally, physically, or spiritually. I began questioning my own experiences and those of friends, family, and peers, especially the women in my life. I recently began volunteering as a rape crisis advocate at a city hospital, so a specific kind of trauma has been on my mind. When I interviewed for the program, I was asked why I wanted to work with sexual assault cases. My answer was simple: to help prevent second trauma. Most of us do not innately know how to deal with difficult situations. We learn along the way, but in that process we can hurt and do damage despite having the best intentions. Women of all...