G'day and welcome to this weeks edition of Grand Rounds. Dr Dork is pleased and honoured to host your journey through some highlights of this weeks medical blogging.
Dr Dork has elected to follow the early tradition of Grand Rounds, as established and maintained by Nick Genes, venerable beyond his years in this regard. To elucidate, a few posts that have stood out, in this editor's opinion, have been selected for each category, to keep this edition of Grand Rounds to a readable size.
There were roughly quadruple the number of submissions for the (arbitrarily) designated size of this edition. Many quality submissions were regrettably left out this week, apologies to all. Dr Dork wouldn't have made the cut himself amongst the field of entries this week.
For those with particular preferences and predilections, the 30 selections for this week have been compiled into the following categories:
- In Practice
- Of Patients and for Patients
- Research and Advances
- Healthcare Policy and Reform
- Medicine in the Media
- Miscellany and Mirth
Lastly, In Parting, we have a bittersweet farewell from the greatly admired Barbados Butterfly.
Fallen Angels rants on discourtesy in the healthcare blogosphere in Doctor Bloggers
Dr Dino berates the local lawmakers for the misguided enforcement of BMI Measurement in Schools.
Susan Palwick of Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good (perhaps the tongue-twistiest healthcare blog title) shares her anger at observing abusive behaviour towards an ED "frequent flyer".
Dr Kenneth F. Trofatter discusses the evaluation of Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss as part of an ongoing series on the topic. An increasing problem, one presumes, as many elect to become parents later and later, it seems.
Fat Doctor shares a moral dilemma as an overzealous schoolteacher almost berates her into support of developing SuperBugs.
Azygos shares a poignant tale of a patient's death from Multiple Sclerosis, and touches on the dangers of a fragmented care system in Paul
Signout, in the midst of a trying cardiology rotation, is touched by the power of a simple gesture of thanks in What we're supposed to do.
Dr Shazam of Mr Hassle's Long Underpants (still one of the best blog names, period) shares the electricity, and the enervation, of emergency room codes in Fallen Star.
Of Patients and For Patients
Dr Rima Bishara gives a comprehensive summary for parents, examining sports injuries in children.
Adam of Daylight Atheism gives a disturbing account of the situation faced by those in the Congo, where a single, lone psychiatrist, Dr Alain Mouanga, struggles to turn the tide of abuse inflicted upon the mentally ill.
The Bohemian Road Nurse shares her deeply personal experiences of battling alcoholism, a common affliction throughout the healthcare professions.
ChronicBabe shares some advice on time management for those struggling with their health...advice which we could all heed, irregardless.
The inimitable Orac looks in detail at the subtleties of early cancer detection, particularly in regards to breast cancer in a highly informative two-part post.
Vitum medicinus shares a compendium of people he admires most in his class at medical school. Reminds one of the different paths many of us walk to the same destination.
Research and Advances
GrrlScientist identifies a major flaw in the much lauded "treatment" for ABO blood type incompatibility which has been bandied about in recent weeks.
Docinthemachine blogs on new developments in genetic pap smears which could lead us one step closer to eradicating some common STDs.
Dr Domenico Savatta looks at surgical options, including some recent research of his own, in treating prostate cancer. Very relevant to us old codgers.
Dr Charles revisits some of Kinseys ground-breaking and controversial work with a "Kinsey-style" sex survey of the health blogosphere. Go on. Be honest!
Healthcare Policy / Reform
Dr Kevin takes a break from his frenetic link-blogging to give us a thoughtful and considered discussion of the growing problem of defensive medical practice.
Amy at Diabetes Mine previews Michael Moore's much anticipated "sicko" documentary. Even those of us on the other side of the globe will be interested in his take on the American system.
Medicine in the Media
N=1 from Universal Health berates the New York Times in Heart Disease, Treatment and Thrills for a recurring debasement of the nursing role.
Kerri at Six Until Me considers from the perspective of a diabetes sufferer the recent macing of a Mr Universe whilst hypoglycaemic in Doug Burns, Maced ?
Walter at HighlightHealth examines an inflammatory television "investigation" of pharmaceutical dispensing errors.
Jon Schnaars at Anxiety, Addiction and Depression Treatments comments on recent research looking at the questionable use of "check-list" questionnaires in psychiatric diagnosis and arbitrary exclusion criteria in Checklists Often Fail to Address Important Aspects of Depression Diagnosis. Dr Anonymous takes another look in is depression really depression ?
Miscellany and Mirth
Dancing Bare gives us a taste of Gilbert and Sullivan with an ode to Dr. Mom.
Roy of Shrink Rap gives an emotive, heartwarming view of the necessity of humour in preserving sanity in the face of tragedy in laughter is a drug. Dr Dork couldn't agree more. Ijeoma Eleazu reminds us that April is national humour month for American readers.
Dr Karen Little, a South African intern, of Just Up the Dose, shares with us some stomach churning experiences in a post succinctly titled ew.
Dr J of Northmed does some brain-twisting with medical acronymony
Nurse Ratched shares with us some outstanding additions to her vast collection of medical pulp fiction. Ah, those were the days....
What ? Time for my sponge bath already ?
Charity Doc shares an ode dedicated to the much admired Barbados Butterfly whose wings have been sadly clipped.
It is common knowledge, after some dubious leakage to a major Australian newspaper, that Dr Barb was (in this Dork's, and many others opinions) inappropriately reprimanded by her hospital administration. Dr Dork recalls his many 100+ hour weeks from his hospital training days. Even back then many administrators preferred to deny the ridiculously unsafe hours many doctors worked. Unsafe for patients and doctors both. Dr Dork suspects this is what got Dr Barb in trouble...but we will, sadly, possibly never know.
Dr Dork has badgered Dr Barb into providing an "approved statement", which follows.
BARB BUTTERFLY STATEMENT APPROVED FOR RELEASE
Thanks to everyone for your well wishes, kind words, expressions of concern
and thoughtful tributes in recent weeks – I was amazed to realise the extent
to which the Barbados Butterfly blog had touched and inspired others since
its beginning in 2005. As the blogosphere has reported, the BB blog has been down since March 15th 2007.
The 2006 post “Tips For Surgical Intern #1” stated that in a bad situation
you can either leave it, reframe it, accept it or change it. In some
situations change is the only option. It may be daunting and difficult, but
that must not dissuade us from trying. Surgical training is necessarily
hard, but there are some paths that trainees should not have to walk. Long
term readers will recall my Darker Days series:
“I do know that as a profession we need to do better. We need to promote a
culture of safety. We need humane leaders - both clinicians and
administrators. We need to value our colleagues and create work environments
that we feel confident about and excited to be a part of.”
I am grateful that there are people who are both willing to accept the need
for change and willing to act. My blog is down and I shall miss sharing my
stories with you, but I sleep restfully (my pager notwithstanding!) and
continue to wield my scalpel with a smile. We live in exciting times.
“If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.” – Anonymous.
Best wishes and much love to all,
That's all for this week. Next weeks edition of Grand Rounds will be hosted by The Fat Doctor.
Addendum: the pre-emptively curmudgeonly Dr Nick Genes interviewed Dr Dork for Medscape Pre-Rounds here.