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Exercise: Superpowers

I was recently asked a similar question during an interview and I think it would be a fun exercise for everyone to switch gears and let your creativity run wild. Leave your answer below or in the comments section.

If you could be a superhero, what superpower would you have?

In ‘Medicine’s Michelangelo,’ Dr. Frank Netter’s Life in Pictures

Dr. Frank Netter’s mother insisted he go into medicine, but he met her halfway, following his passion for art and becoming possibly the world’s best-known medical illustrator.

The Art of Packing from Louis Vuitton

As I start preparing to travel for my CaRMS interviews, I will need to put a lot of thought into what I can and cannot bring.

Here is an elegant and interactive website that covers some great packing tips that I use in practice.

Today in History

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Luther L. Terry, Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, released the first report of the Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. 

The report concluded on the basis of 7,000 articles available at the time relating to smoking and disease that cigarettes were a cause for chronic bronchitis as well as lung and laryngeal cancer.

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Cigares De Joy, Wilcox and Company (1881).
Salmonella from Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram.
Given that these glass sculptures have been enlarged to around one million times the actual size of the original, there has been room for interpretation. Some of the distinctive features of each microbe have been exaggerated to make them more impressive. The results are truly mesmerizing.

Salmonella from Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram.

Given that these glass sculptures have been enlarged to around one million times the actual size of the original, there has been room for interpretation. Some of the distinctive features of each microbe have been exaggerated to make them more impressive. The results are truly mesmerizing.

Plate XXII: Lymph vessels of the head, trunk and arm, forearm and hand from Handbuch der Anatomie des Menschen (1841) by Dr. Carl Ernest Bock.

Plate XXII: Lymph vessels of the head, trunk and arm, forearm and hand from Handbuch der Anatomie des Menschen (1841) by Dr. Carl Ernest Bock.

Novice Neurosurgeons Train On Brains Printed In 3-D // NPR

There’s no such thing as too much practice when it comes to brain surgery.

But it’s hard for beginner neurosurgeons to get real hands-on experience. Most residents learn by watching and assisting experienced surgeons.

Newbies can practice on cadavers or use simulators, of course. But neither of those alternatives is quite the same as operating on a real, live patient, for better and for worse.

That’s why 3-D printers might help the doctors do a better job. At the University of Malaya in Malaysia, neurosurgeons are using 3-D printers to make realistic skulls and brains that residents can use to hone their skills.

The models combine different materials to mimic the feel of human bone, membrane and tissue. Each practice patient is made to order from the scans of an actual patient, so students can try the same procedures they see senior surgeons perform.

Dr. Vicknes Waran, one of the neurosurgeons working on the project, says he prefers these 3-D models over cadavers for teaching.

"In some parts of the world, it’s difficult to get cadavers," Waran tells Shots. Plus it’s hard to find a cadaver with the types of tumors and illnesses that the residents are being trained to treat. The best part, Waran says, is that students can practice on the models as many times as they need to in order to completely master a technique.

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During Prohibition, Your Doctor Could Write You a Prescription for Booze

Take two shots of whiskey and call me in the morning.

Opioid medication is a controlled substance because of its abuse potential. It requires a separate, more rigorous prescription pad to be dispensed and many regulations apply. The count is checked and double checked to ensure that everything is always accounted for. 

During the prohibition, liquor graduated to the same class of controlled substances. Used for “medicinal purposes,” it became one of the few legal ways you could have alcohol in your home. The price for the privilege? 6 to 7 dollars in the 1920s, or roughly 70-80 dollars today when adjusted for inflation.

Bring Coffee.
There are some nights on call when you just desperately need coffee to pull through it all but the coffee shops are closed. Where is the Batman?

Bring Coffee.

There are some nights on call when you just desperately need coffee to pull through it all but the coffee shops are closed. Where is the Batman?

Pandemic.

Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann and his team have created a simulation for a pandemic with similar characteristics as the 2009 swine flu. The crux of any pandemic is the rate of transmission. In today’s globalized world, the potential of swift and rapid transmission has never been greater.

In this video, the team simulates an index case in Atlanta before making its way around the globe.

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