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Sir William Osler Was “Most Worthless” Student on the Wards

MONTREAL, CANADA – He may be the exalted father of modern medical education and the hallowed champion of medical reason, but devastating new evidence shows that Sir William Osler’s early beginnings in medicine were lackluster at best. Recently uncovered academic reviews of his performance by upper level trainees at the McGill University’s Medical College in Montreal, show he was highly unpopular on the hospital wards. Unearthed from the vaults of the McGill registrar’s office, these scathing clerkship reviews show a remarkably different side of Western medicine’s greatest hero. Upper level trainees criticized both his work ethic and his professionalism. It appears he was plagued by inefficiency and hampered by frivolous medical curiosity. “Yea, had I a sixpence for ev’ry hour that this cursed Osler spent poking some hepatic trolle’s stomach instead of getting his work done, I wouldn’t be toiling in this armpit of a hospital!” “…Nigh, we caught him loafing in the latrine with a useless tome of physiology whilst the rest of the medical team were busy leeching the pneumonia patients.” “I asked him to go and bleed a patient afflicted by female hysteria…and he looks he at me with his imbecilic mustached stare and says he has surpassed his work hours limit and needs to go home. He then proceeded to question my discernment about bleeding the patient at all!!!” Others pointed to a distracted lack...

House of God Author, Sam Shem, Produces Play on Alcoholics Anonymous

Samuel Shem, author of The House of God, delves into his motivations and inspirations for writing the internationally acclaimed play, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. The play tells the story of the extraordinary beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous and its co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who developed the organization out of a surprising revelation. The revenues and donations from the play will go to a national tour of medical and college campuses to address the epidemic of binge drinking. The show is currently playing at The Soho Playhouse in New York City. For tickets go...

A Periodic Table Tells You Who Knocks and Who Opens the Door

As one of the best shows in television history, Breaking Bad has a remarkable amount of elements that make the show so electric and thrilling. Finally, we have a periodic table to put them all in order, thanks to this brilliant infographic. Some key elements: 1. Skyler White’s coin points to her indecisiveness and constant moral conflicts 2. Marie’s obsession with the color purple is duly noted 3. Hector Salamanca’s bell 4. A coffee mug for Gale’s “superior coffee” 5. Anyone remember what the chili pepper is for? (answer on bottom)   Infographic from Visual.ly | Beutler Chili powder was used in Jesse’s original meth (Chili P, yo!)...

The 11 Types of Physicians. Which Are You?

  Do any of these cartoons seem familiar? Or are there more than 11...

Watch These 12 Amazing Documentaries On Netflix Instant And Abandon All Hope Of Productivity

It’s almost Thanksgiving and all productivity is coming to a crawl. Hopefully you’ve completed your work before the holiday celebrations and have some time to spend with the family and abandon all productivity. These amazing documentaries will be sure to help you kick back and do nothing. 1. Man on Wire I avoided Man on Wire for a few years – something about an Oscar-winning documentary on a French tightrope walker who crossed the Twin Towers sounded too much like smug, hollow Art (with a capital A). Well, my loss. Man on Wire is exceptionally well-done, and one of the most thrilling documentaries I’ve ever seen. And you know what? It’s pretty freaking beautiful too, self-conscious Artiness be damned. It also happens to be the 2nd best reviewed film in the history of Rotten Tomatoes (trailing only Toy Story 2, believe or not), boasting 151 positive reviews out of a total of…151 reviews. So if you don’t like it, you’re not just a jerk, you’re a statistically anomalous jerk.   2. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure In 1987, two post-grad roommates started recording the outlandishly vitriolic and dysfunctional arguments that occurred between their alcoholic, fifty-something neighbors (one clearly gay, the other seemingly an oppressive homophobe) – fights which routinely ended with one repeatedly taunting the other, “Shut up, little man!” This documentary about how those private fights...

Check Yo’self Before NSAIDs Wreck Yo’Self

“The Ulcer Rap” is a PSA about the dangers of NSAIDS (aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc).  http://ZDoggMD.com |http://Facebook.com/ZDoggMD | http://Twitter.com/ZDoggMD Thanks to Samix for dropping the beat. Warning: May Contain Ghostriding The Whip. Mad props to Doctor Harry, Doctor Diego and Campers the Selectah. To learn more about the gastrointestinal side effects of NSAIDs (include bleeding, ulcers, and more), watch this video from the specialists on the...

13 Reasons Why Taking a Bath is the Best Study Break

Ah, stress. Don’t we almost docs know it too well…So what are the best ways to de-stress? Watching Breaking Bad? That show almost induces cardiac arrest every time I watch it. Cooking? Well yeah, seems nice until I burn down the kitchen. Gym? Please, I break a mental sweat all day, I don’t need that s***. Listed here is why the absolute best way to de-stress is as simple as walking into the room next door, bearing your all, and sitting (laying) your lazy butt in some soothing water. “I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar “I take baths all the time. I’ll put on some music and burn some incense and just sit in the tub and think, ‘Wow, life is great right now.’” – Brian Austin Green I am a man and there’s nothing I love more than the comfort and relaxation of a warm bath. I listen to Slayer, I know the dialogue of Arnold Schwarzenegger films by heart, and I would like nothing more than to eat a steak and potatoes dinner while watching the NFL playoffs. But I shamelessly spend upwards of an hour in the tub. So you can suck it, hegemonic gender norms. 1. Let’s get it right out in the open —...