Sunday, March 20, 2005

Grand Rounds XXVI

Welcome to Grand Rounds, a weekly showcase of posts from the medical blogosphere. Make yourselves comfortable, relax, and prepare to be illuminated.


Politicians Are Intrusive Ninnies

Bioethics Discussion Blog prays that the federal court system will be able to reach a rational decision in the Terri Schiavo case.

Hospice Blog reminds us of the importance of having a living will.

Multiple Mentality highlights one of the potential lost lessons of this case: the effect of eating disorders.

Galen's Log has the last word on the involvement of the Senate in this medical matter.


Doctors and Lawyers Are From Different Planets

DB's Medical Rants notes how differently doctors and lawyers view the world.


Doctors Are Human

The Cheerful Oncologist visits his doctor, and has some advice for patients and medical staff alike.

GruntDoc shares with us his discomfort upon learning of a patient's dangerous neck fracture.

Respectful Insolence reminds us all that denial isn't just for patients.

Dr. Andy's index of suspicion allows him to save the life of a young boy, but it doesn't help to reassure him about his clinical abilities.

The Anonymous Clerk rejects the use of high pressure salesmanship to obtain informed consent.

Doctors Are Action Figures

A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure measures the distance--mere millimeters--between life and death.

Two (Presidential) Terms Later connects the dots between risky decisions, adolescents, and the amygdala.

Book of Joe prepares you for his "Learn Anesthesiology at Home" course.

Doctors Are Artists

The Examining Room of Dr. Charles serves as a portal to a very special piano recital.

Doctors/Medical Professionals Are Connected

Blogborygmy explains the significance of your iPod cuing up "Kickstart My Heart".

Medical Connectivity Consulting shows us how to check emergency department overcrowding and diversions online.

Far From Perfect announces a new collaborative project--news, stories, reader submissions--by EMS personnel.

MedGadget reports on a free PDA program for First Responders designed to assist them at HAZMAT scenes.

Doctors Are Detectives

Kevin, M.D. is on the case of former President Clinton's latest medical procedure.

Sumer's Radiology Site deciphers bat apparitions on imaging tests.

CodeBlueBlog finds an image from a CT scan of Terri Schiavo's brain, and has some questions.

Parallel Universes investigates several food poisoning cases and learns about spaghetti trauma.

Different River discovers some pictures of Cuba's most modern hospital.

[And just as you were getting ready to accuse me of being biased in favor of doctors, I surprise you with my impartiality.]

Some Doctors Are Confused

Interested Participant wonders why a male physician would want to menstruate?

Pharyngula clears up the confusion about "female" and "male" chromosomes.


Platelets Are Enterprising

Dr. Tony regales us with the saga of Paul the Platelet, and his call for [possibly NSFW] cleavage.


Health Care Consultants Are Inquisitive

The Health Care Blog wonders if there are too many specialists, and if anyone cares.


Finally, and I saved the best for last:

Not All Patients Are Human

Via MattShook, we learn the finer points of conjoined quintuplet Peeps separation surgery.


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At 10:32 AM, Blogger Sumer Sethi said...

excellent read!! thanks

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Matthew said...

Politicians Are Intrusive Ninnies

Maybe they are, maybe they're not. But that's not the first thing that comes to mind when I look at the Terri Schiavo case.

One thing that does make an impression on me might be put as Court-Appointed Neurologists Are Arrogant Monsters. But I have too much faith (hope) in the good intentions of everyone involved (except perhaps Mr. Schiavo) to make sarcastic, condescending remarks.

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Doctors are vigilantes?

At 11:26 PM, Blogger ema said...

Sumer, thank you!


But I have too much faith (hope) in the good intentions of everyone involved (except perhaps Mr. Schiavo) to make sarcastic, condescending remarks.

Good for you; we differ on this. You are willing to entrust our dear leaders (politicians, in general) with making medical decisions for you. I'm not. Any reason why you think a politician knows better than you, your family, and your physician what your medical care should be?

At 4:48 AM, Blogger Matthew said...

I don't trust anyone, physicians included, to make medical decisions for me, except in an emergency.

Seeing how Ms. Schiavo's health is currently taking a turn for the worse as a result of her feeding tube being clamped, I'd say an extraordinary emergency intervention might be in order.

As far as Ms. Schiavo is concerned, the politicians may or may not do a better job of looking after her best interests than the judges of Florida. We'll have to see what happens.

As for letting politicians have more of a say in general about people's life support options, I think everyone would be well advised to draft a living will, or even better, to designate a health-care surrogate.

In any case, no matter what we think should happen concerning life support (or any other aspect of health care), the system we end up with will be established and regulated by laws. And we entrust to politicians the responsibility of writing and voting on those laws. If they do a bad job, ridicule them and vote them out. But if they do a good job, give them respect and gratitude.


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