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This Haunting Account of First Moments in Blindness Will Make You Rethink Your Perspective on Life and Love

It’s good habit every now and then to take some time to reevaluate our perspectives on the world around us. This short documentary is a dramatization of the audio diary by theologian John Hull, whose journey into blindness is one filled with not only fear and uncertainty, but also hope and realization of the beauty in life. It’s an evocative and deeply personal struggle that offers a depth of perception that’s refreshing and insightful. Here are some of the more thought-provoking lines from the short documentary: “I found that memories of photographs were more easily recaptured.” “To what extent is loss of the image of the face tied up with loss of the image of the self and what is the consequent feeling of being a ghost or a mere spirit?” “We have lost something very close, something very intimate.” For the story behind ‘Notes on Blindness,’ click here: nytimes.com/notesonblindness   All images are screenshots from the...

The Coolest Surgery You’ll Ever See

I can’t decide if this video is brilliant, hilarious, or a smidge too creepy because of the narrator’s accent. Maybe all of the above? Nevertheless, if you’ve always wanted to see what really went on behind the scenes at Build-A-Bear, here’s your chance. Perhaps the purpose of the video is a lesson from Teddy to make sure no cigarettes end up in our bon-bon layer… What do you...

How Do You Hide a 5 Dollar Bill From….

A Radiologist: Stick it on a patient   An Orthopedist: put it in a book A Neurosurgeon: stick it on his kid’s chest An Internist: put it under a bandaid A Psychiatrist: Call a code from its location A Cosmetic Surgeon: you...

Just How Poetic Can You Get with a Medical Disease?

Bright was the day and dark was the night, When I first lost the distinction between wrong and right. What am I thinking, what am I doing? Formulating strange thoughts with delusional ideas brewing. Is this what it has come to in pursuit of my dream? Making me question myself, demanding a loud scream?   Some call me a hypochondriac, others call me crazy, But what truly is happening to me, is it maybe just a doozy? Looking in the annals of psychiatry, I see one condition, Medical Student Syndrome, what a pertinent addition!   Here I am living, every day of my life, Thinking, “What is this headache, could it be a surgical knife?!” From the skin to the gut, my body is an infectious sore, Crawling with bacteria and viruses, as I am no more. Schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, or anorexia, Let it be anything else, even my avant-garde intelligentsia.   Every minute of every day, I learn a new disease, Ingraining a new pathophysiology with unnerving ease. I go from neoplastic meningitis to basal cell carcinoma, Dreading my demise at the hands of a freakin’ coma!   The days as a medical student are stretching hard and long, Testing my will to survive and come out of it strong. But will I make it with so many disorders? So many risks teetering on their borders? What will...

New Diseases Discovered by Hospital Clerical Personnel

Here is a list of illnesses and terms found on actual patient admitting medical records at a hospital which shall remain nameless. The “illness” or term is followed by a translation when possible. Fibial Fracture There’s a tibia and there is a fibula, but no fibia. Subcutaneous hematuria Hematoma (bruise) under the skin. Hematuria means blood in the urine. Urinary constipation Patient unable to pee. Intelligent gait Antalgic (a change in the way one walks to avoid pain) gait Bilateral sore throat Last time I looked, the throat was not a paired structure. Gullstones What you would throw at a bird at the beach. Umbilectomy Umbilical hernia repair? Protruded appendix Perforated appendicitis. Gastropsoriasis Gastroparesis, slow emptying of the stomach. Sphincter of Jedi Sphincter of Oddi, a structure that controls the flow of bile into the duodenum. Necrotizing fibromyalgia (just love that) Pelvic encephalopathy ??? Strangulated labia  I’m not sure about that one.   I’m sure you have a few of your own. Feel free to add them in the “Comments”...

#Hashtag: A Brief History

Recently while babysitting, I was picking up the kids from a swim meet, when the youngest one, holding his blue ribbon, asked me, “What does ‘hashtag-one’ mean?” I glanced at his prize and explained that once upon a time, the hashtag wasn’t really a hashtag… Many of us forget the humble origins of the # symbol. Even last week, I was baking when the recipe asked for ‘a # of butter’ and I stumbled. A number of butter? But what number?? And no units! Wait wait wait, a pound… a POUND of butter. Classic mixup. How has one humble symbol taken on so many different meanings over the years? What else did it mean to some, before the world knew it as the hashtag? See this cartoon and more at...

The Doctor’s Foolproof Hangover Cure

For all the pre-meds (21 and up!) and med students heading back to school, here’s something all of you need to see. Every college student has heard of a million and one different cures for the hangover—a cold shower and some strong coffee, Sprite or powerade, vitamins, aspirin, ibuprofen, more alcohol… the list goes on. But there’s a new hangover cure on the market, signed, sealed, and literally delivered by a real doctor.     In December of 2013, Dr. Elliot Nadelson, an urologist based in New York City, founded The I.V. Doctor along with his son Adam, a surgical resident, reported CNN. For $249, one of the nurses will set you up with an IV drip of a personalized combination of nausea, heartburn, and headache meds to rehydrate you back to life with the all right drugs to make your worst hangover symptoms disappear. While the usual clientele may be the New York elite, including celebrities and European princesses, we’re keeping our fingers crossed the I.V. Doctor decides to expand beyond the city and the Hamptons… We’re ready whenever you are doc!   *We refers to our Almost Docs over 21, not me!...