Archives for January 9, 2004

Home made ricin?

CNN.com – Two women in plot to poison one’s husband – Jan. 9, 2004

So, allegedly these two geniuses decided to poison the husband of one of them. So far, pretty boring stuff.

The part that jumps out at me is that they made ricin, a very powerful biologic weapon, from a recipe they got on the internet.

That’s not good news, because on reading the rest of the article it’s pretty clear that these two have not cornered the market on intelligence or cunning. If people this stupid can make ricin, anyone can.

Sleep tight!

Anthrax and the Courts

Medpundit: Anthrax

Dr. Smythe over at Medpundit, the best ‘Medical Blog’ around, has been following the Anthrax immunization court actions. In case you missed it, the immunizations were stopped by a judge about 2 weeks ago, then the same judge has allowed them to restart. She has gotten an email from someone who, apparently, either hasn’t done their homework or is trying to spin the argument.

This is one of those issues that engenders so much emotion in its opponents that their few legitimate concerns get buried in a sea of claims that are either false or deliberately misleading enough to completely turn me off. Your mileage may differ, but I don’t get it.

For the record, this is the first immunization series in the military that was command driven: this wasn’t the medical departments’ idea, this was the line command saying that the troops need this vaccine. I left the service just as this vaccine was coming on line, and missed it. I’d get it if I were in.

Doctor Talk

Family Medicine Notes: January 09, 2004 Archives

He’s got a nice post about how different professions speak their own languages. I agree, but I think that docs in particular might be worse about using ‘doctor’ language with patients when regular words would be less technically correct but much more understandable.

So, what’s the dumbest thing your doctor has said to you?

via Tales of Hoffman