The Best* Free Medical Ebooks

*Amazon has wonderful (and, um, not so wonderful) free books for Kindle. Lately I’ve been perusing their offerings for topics in medicine. While the books are hilariously outdated, they provide some very valuable insight into the evolution of thought on medicine– and provide some great pointers on keeping your body well. 1. The Ladies Book of Useful Information compiled from many sources Have you ever “forgotten how to woman?” Than this book might be for you! With chapters on Personal Beauty, Marriage, Sexual Intercourse, and — of course — Childbirth, this book will assist you on your journey to womanhood. This text warns that if a young girl is not properly (and primly) informed of her impending menses, she might well die of consumption! “… when she observes a flow of blood escaping from a part, the delicacy attached to the locality makes her reticent with regard to inquiry or exposure; she naturally becomes alarmed, and most likely attempts to stanch the flow by bathing or applying cold water to the part, thus doing incalculable mischief.”  After you’ve completed the chapter regarding menstruation, I suggest you skip ahead to Chapter 5, entitled: “Sexual Intercourse — Its laws and conditions — Its use and abuse,” wherein the author assures young women that they “can perfectly restrain the sensual part of their natures whenever they have a strong motive to do so.”     2....

Watch This Google Glass Demonstration On Beginning a Patient Exam

Do you find yourself questioning how to best begin a patient examination? Or how about wondering what the perfect exam looks like from the doctor’s point of view? Stanford physician Abraham Verghese answers both of these questions in this short, but interesting video. Here’s the secret: it’s all in the hands. Verghese created Stanford Medicine 25, an initiative comprising workshops and videos that teach the 25 most essential techniques for examining and evaluating a patient. Although he is probably the first accused Luddite to do so, Verghese is not the first doctor to use Google Glass for medical...

The Camp Gyno

Check out this hilarious video about “The Camp Gyno.” It isn’t easy for this little girl to provide gynecology care for her entire camp, but she apparently has the “red badge of courage.” Advertising done right? Courtesy of account...

The 10 Best Med School Raps Out There

Anyone can recite the 12 cranial nerves with rhythmic ease, but how many can really spit game? These med school rappers show you why it’s a “hard doc life.”   10. Cuz that coat is so fresh and so white   9. And there’s never a room in sight   8. Cuz M1 at “Ball so Hard” University is never endin’   7. And these are the only papers you’ll be gettin’   6. Cuz you just aced 1st year … and you still got 99 problems   5. Like only being able to afford shopping at thrift shops…   4. Cuz you’re a mother f@#%ing DOCTAH!!!!   3. And gunners ain’t really monsters   2. Cuz you’re gonna be a Doc, Doc, Doc, Doc, Doc…   1. And urinary incontinence is now an epidemic Featured image is a screenshot from video...

C. Diff, R. Kelly, Sinister Brownies: It’s Doctors Today.

From time to time, even the normally cheery crew at ZDoggMD Industries will feel the need to vent about our frustrations as physicians. Take last Thursday, for example. We were all chilling at the ZDoggMD clubhouse for our monthly mahjong game night. The collective angst was palpable, as we halfheartedly lay down our tiles. The gloomy silence was punctuated intermittently by ZDogg’s overly dramatic sighs—clearly a plea for one of us to ask him what was wrong. As usual, our staff radiologist Dr. Diego took the bait.  “You seem upset, Z,” he said, his cherubic face positively exuding empathy. “Can you blame me?” ZDogg replied, as he gnawed at the remnants of his deep-fried pork loin. “I spent 2 hours today talking with the family members of one of my patients who just survived a massive heart attack.” After a theatrical pause, he slammed a pudgy fist down on the table, shrieking, “NOT ONCE did they compliment me on the genius of my videos, nor did they worship me as befits an internet celebrity of my…”   Another Victim of R. Kelly’s Micturition “I lost another one today,” I interrupted quietly. Even Dr. Z had the decency to stop his tirade mid-sputter, noting the solitary tear trickling down my cheek. “I saw a 6 month-old infant who had been exclusively breastfed his entire life—until today, when his father gave him a...

Which Limb Would You Like to Wear Today?

We have all experienced the feeling: Like we didn’t belong. Like we were too different. Like all anyone saw when they looked at us is that one flaw that you can’t stop thinking about. For many amputees, whether congenital or those who have been the victim of accident or illness, these feelings are all too common. Though prosthetics exist, which may restore functionality or normative mobility, the grief of amputees often does not come from an inability to function “normally.” While they may swim, jump, or run, it is the feeling of not needing to hide which they miss most. Perhaps it is not about restoring “function” but rather giving a person a means of expression of personality. This is what Bespoke Innovations founder and chief technology officer, Scott Summit, believes. What drives him? To allow people who have congenital or traumatic limb loss “to emotionally connect with their prosthetic limbs, and wear them confidently as a form of personal expression” and to provide people with a prosthetic that not only are they are not ashamed to show but rather that they are proud to...

A World of Genetic Data at Your Fingertips

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Systems Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses the intersection of biomedical research and computer technology. He explains how the increasing ease, affordability, and accessibility of genome sequencing will revolutionize the way genetic data is analyzed and utilized. Read more about Atul Butte, MD, PhD. Filmed at FutureMed, in February 2013, at Singularity...