Category Arcanum Veritas
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Off to see the Wizard

Unless you're planning to audition for your local production of "The Wizard of Oz" don't use Coldargan (0·85 mg silver protein, 0·68 mg ephedrine levulinate, 0·24 mg sodium levulinate, and 0·075 mg calcium levulinate per drop) topical vascoconstrictor for your runny nose!
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Hey, hey you... have you seen Nurse Ratched?... there is one you know, somewhere around here

Forgetting the Unforgettable

A young woman sat quietly in her hospital bed. Beside her the morning sunlight bathed her newborn son, asleep through the chatter of the cicadas outside. The doctor smiled. The baby was perfectly formed. “What is your baby’s name?”, asked…

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Popular Misconceptions About Evolution

Ask the average lay person what they take the word evolution to mean, and few will reply “the change in the genetic frequency of a population over time”. The lack of understanding can be further evidenced by US figures where only 45% of people hold true the statement “human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals”.
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Top 10 Food for Emergencies

Every emergency department needs to keep a well-stocked pantry. No, not just so that the night staff can survive the torture of middle-of the-night hunger pains. Different types of food can save lives in medical emergencies, or at least help take away a whole lot of suffering...Top ten list of food items that could help in a medical emergency
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Look on the Bright Side

Having a toothpick fish (the Candiru) take a detour up your urethra doesn't really bear thinking about. The idea of maggots crawling around under your skin sickens you. It is true, humans are afflicted by some pretty nasty parasites. At we can least be thankful for bacon. But things could be much, much worse.
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Green and Gold Malaria

I traveled across Australia last week by air from Perth in Western Australia to Cairns in the far north of Queensland. The 3500km trip involved a brief stop in Uluru (Ayers Rock). As I looked out of the window throughout…

Tourette Syndrome – a fathers perspective

It was not until two years later that the diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome was made. 1997 was deteriorating into an annus horribilis. Edward had been in hospital for weeks with a severe septic arthritis of the hip, we sold our over-capitalized house and my brother-in-law in England needed chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Top 10 books to survive medical school

Synergistic tomes for the well-rounded physician I am drawn to an article from the New York Times extolling the virtues of literature in the education of physicians. I would like to share the sentiments of the author and add to…