The story of Alastair Coutts and Bob Eason as they try to save a dying patient in a small wooden hut in the Solomon islands with only basic equipment and a little help from Jesus.
The fourth rule of Expensive Scare Medicine is: ‘If you measure something and it is not normal, make it normal if it is safe to do so’. But beware! This can lead to a dangerous and insatiable desire for ‘euboxia’ – the pathophysiological state whereby ‘all boxes on a pathology print-out are in the normal range’.
Klotz’ recount of Brindley’s 1983 lecture on erectile dysfunction is truly unforgettable.
The Times Online have just published a brilliantly written and seriously hardcore article by the late Steven Wells, a UK rock journalist who recently died from lymphoma.
The registrar stood open-mouthed next to the professor. Before them was a twisted unicorn’s horn, an echo of that owned by the widow Dimanche, who sold water-cress in the streets of Paris. The patient was unmoved.
I am a belligerent skeptic of over-the-counter cough and cold medications. I’ve been this way since well before I ever entertained the idea of being a doctor.
LITFL highlights the ‘Uncertainty of Truth’ from the ‘Dispatches from the FOAM Frontier’ series published by Emergency Medicine Australasia.
Viennese physician Stefan Jellinek (1878-1968) produced the book Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern (Electrical Protection in 132 Pictures) in 1931 the definitive collection of early 20th century German methods of accidental electrocution.