Archives for October 25, 2007

Yahoo News: Sex and doctors: ER medics best placed to win hearts

Sex and doctors: ER medics best placed to win hearts on Yahoo! News
Sex and doctors: ER medics best placed to win heartsThu Oct 25, 7:06 PM ET

If romantic fiction is any guide, any doctor looking for love would be advised to be an emergency room surgeon or deliver babies rather than practise colon resection or remove in-grown toenails.

So says Irish physician Brendan Kelly, who — with a bravura contempt for the effect this endeavour could have on his mind — has probed at length into the burgeoning literary field of medical romance.

In an offbeat letter published in Saturday’s Lancet, Kelly describes the typical plot structure and characterisation in 20 randomly-selected medical romance novels.

Of the male protagonists, six worked in emergency medicine, five in surgery and three in obstetrics, neonatology and paediatrics, he found.

There was a marked preponderance of brilliant, tall, muscular, male doctors with chiselled features, working in emergency medicine,” says Kelly, a University College Dublin psychiatrist.

Well, okay, the rest of the description doesn’t exactly fit yrs. trly, but the rest is dead-on, IMHO.

Bloggers Blog: Carnegie Mellon Study Ranks Most Informative Blogs

Bloggers Blog: Carnegie Mellon Study Ranks Most Informative Blogs

Read the post, but basically they ranked the Top 100 ‘Informative Blogs’. Two appear that I’ve considered Medical blogs, #89 is Dr. Sanity and #98 is the ScienceBlogs borg.

Congrats to those two!  (If I missed one, let me know).

Addicted to Medblogs: Dr. October is …MDOD

Addicted to Medblogs: Dr. October is …MDOD

Another in her entertaining series.  And, she has 15 readers?  And me with my nine…

Troops unite to save soldier knifed in head – Army Times

Troops unite to save soldier knifed in head – Army Times
Troops unite to save soldier knifed in head
By Patrick Winn – Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 24, 2007 14:01:27 EDT

It felt like a nasty sucker punch. Yet when he strained his eyes to the hard right, there was something that didn’t belong: the pewter-colored contour of a knife handle jutting from his skull.Sgt. Dan Powers, stabbed in the head by an insurgent on the streets of East Baghdad, triggered a modern miracle of military medicine, logistics, technology and air power.

His survival relied on the Army’s top vascular neurosurgeon guiding Iraq-based U.S. military physicians via laptop, the Air Force’s third nonstop medical evacuation from Central Command to America, and the best physicians Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland could offer.

It required extraordinary hustle from a string of ground medics, air medics, C-17 pilots, jet refuel technicians and more. Not an hour after the attack, Powers, a squad leader with the Army’s 118th Military Police Company, was draped in sheets on a medical gurney bound for Balad Air Force Base, about 30 minutes away by helicopter.

Watch a video of the examination of Sgt. Powers in Iraq, with the knife still in his head, here, courtesy of MilitaryTimes.

And, if you want to see one example of how hard the services work to save one life,

…the operations center was telling him to change planes, directing him toward a different C-17 Globemaster, one with a plus-sized fuel tank. Red 7, the center said, would be picking up a severely injured soldier from Balad to fly him nonstop to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., just outside Washington.

“Our initial reaction was, ‘I don’t believe you,’” Bufton said. “Nobody goes to Andrews Air Force Base from Balad.”…

Watch the video, and marvel that he wants very much to go back to active duty.

A warning to trolls on this post: your comments will be deleted and your IP address banned.

Hat tip to FFM.

Addicted to Medblogs: Request for Match Day Stories

Addicted to Medblogs: Request for Match Day Stories

Proto magazine is looking for short, exciting Match Day stories from doctors who participated last year or just remember like it was yesterday. How were you affected by the tension of the moment? Did you faint with relief (or disappointment) upon opening your envelope? Did another student’s reaction catch your eye and make you think?If you didn’t match, were you lost in “the scramble?”

Please send your stories to Carrie Jones at carrie_jones @ and include your full name and contact information with your submission. If we like your story, we may need to contact you for a brief follow-up. If you’d rather remain anonymous, we can withhold your name for publication.


I ripped of her whole post, but mainly because a) it’s a good cause and b) she mentioned me and some obscure blogger.

My Match Day story is a super-denouement, and is 14 years old, so I’ll not be adding it. For now.