Orac knows medicine and surgery

In a continuing series of posts, for the benefit of new readers (and a trip down memory lane for old readers), I now present:

  • Wearing two hats (and part 2)
  • What is a surgical oncologist?
  • The deadly power of denial: Personal observations Also see Part 2: It’s not always denial; Part 3: Fear; and Part 4: Denial isn’t just for patients
  • A tragic story (Also see Part 2: Update; and Part 3: A sad end to a sad tale)
  • When not to treat
  • A pet peeve
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Needlestick
  • An odd place for a telephone booth
  • If you think it’s just about mercury when it comes to vaccines, you’re wrong
  • You want to know how to make a surgeon angry?
  • Now that’s the way you do it!
  • The Danish autism studies (guest blogger)
  • The NEJM blows an opportunity
  • The monster returns
  • The art of medicine in ancient Egypt (also: Part 2)
  • When is cancer care “futile”?
  • How is academic medicine perceived by community practitioners?
  • A most uncomfortable question
  • Enjoy!

    By Orac

    Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

    That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

    DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

    To contact Orac: [email protected]

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