Word to the Wise, one of a series

If you’re alleging assault, don’t get loud with the Officer there to take a report. Especially if you have Felony warrants.

Politics mustn’t silence end-of-life talks – USATODAY.com

I ask my patients this question, though not as often as I’d like. Talking about death may be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that needs to happen more often.

via Politics mustn’t silence end-of-life talks – USATODAY.com.

Kevin, MD continues his juggernaut to own the Social Media world.  Nice work.

ER Doctor Writes Book

Got an email from Dr. Mary Engrav, an EM Physician who’s written a book called “Stories from the ED (Volume 1). It’s available on Amazon now.

I haven’t read it, but seems like if you’re interested in ER stories, $12 is a good price point.

The plate I’d make

 

Texas, ah luv u

Yep.

I Love this time of year

All the trees turn green, and the grass makes its move from hibernation to hassle.

Yea, spring!

Wish comes true for cancer-stricken 10-year-old inducted into Army – Yahoo! News

Most kids might hope to get an Xbox or an iPod Touch for their 10th birthday. Brennan Daigle got a reception from a formation of soldiers, a ride in a camouflaged National Guard Humvee–and induction as an honorary member of the Army.

via Wish comes true for cancer-stricken 10-year-old inducted into Army – Yahoo! News.

via Ace.

Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies – CNN.com

Washington (CNN) — Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.

Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

via Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies – CNN.com.

Farewell.  And, thanks.

St. Baldrick’s – Participant – ShadowFax

St. Baldrick’s – Participant – ShadowFax, MD.

So, Shadowfax, of Movin’ Meat fame, is having his head shaved (again) to raise money for childrens’ cancer research. Yeah, he’s a squishy lib and subject to bouts of poli-hackery, but he’s a decent guy and nearly as good a blogger as I. (Heh).

It’s a good cause by a good guy, so please consider getting over to his site and giving a couple of bucks.

 

2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo: Meet the Winners!

The winner of the Best Medical Weblog of 2010 is Scott Weingart’s EMCrit blog. This is the golden age for emergency medicine blogs and Scott, an Emergency Department Intensivist from New York City, writes of interesting issues for other clinicians in the field. EMCrit blog also features popular podcasts where Scott discusses procedures, checklists, and other practically useful knowledge for others rescuing people in the ER. We’d like to congratulate Scott on winning the most coveted award in the medical blogosphere.

via 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo: Meet the Winners!.

Go to MedGadget and meet all the winners, each truly deserving.

Kudos again to MedGadget for hosting this yearly! I was originally scheduled to judge, but life intervened, and was forced to back out, adding to the MedGadget burden. While you’re there, maybe drop them a line and say thanks for hosting?

Polls Are Open in The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo

The polls are now open in the Seventh Annual Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo!

The 2010 Medical Blog Awards

Voting will close 23:59:59 on Sunday, February 13, 2011 (EST).

via Polls Are Open in The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo.

Many thanks to MedGadget for continuing this yearly award.  They don’t get rich doing it, but they keep on anyway.

There are a lot of terrific blogs in there, please go vote early and often, the Chicago way.

Bill Lohmann: Last U.S. WWI vet approaches 110 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Frank Woodruff Buckles, America’s last living veteran from World War I, celebrated his 110th birthday at his West Virginia farm on Tuesday, reading hundreds of birthday cards from around the world.

via Bill Lohmann: Last U.S. WWI vet approaches 110 | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Thanks for your service, Mr. Buckles. May you live as long as you wish.

via In From The Cold, where I agree with the first commenter.  That, via Ace.

edwinleap.com | The Practice Test; my latest book!

practice test

Well, here it is at long last!   My third book.  It’s called The Practice Test, and it’s about how we can face the struggles of medical practice with more balance and perspective.  How many docs knew every scientific and clinical question necessary to pass board, but were never prepared for life as a doctor?  Most, I’d say.

My book is set up like a parody of board exam questions, and it’s suitable for aspiring physicians, retiring physicians, practicing physicians, medical students, residents, medical spouses, educators, policy-makers and even patients who want to understand their doctors a little better.  And if they want to buy one for their physicians, I won’t mind a bit!

Here’s a link to read about it, look inside and  order it if you desire.

http://booklocker.com/books/5196.html

edwinleap.com | The Practice Test; my latest book!.

Hope he doesn’t mind me swiping nearly all of that post!  He’s a terrific writer, and I’m willing to bet his book will be excellent.  Follow the link, and order away!

The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo

The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo

Welcome to the 2010 Medical Weblog Awards! It is time to celebrate and showcase the original reporting, engaging writing and discussion, breathtaking multimedia, and the spirit of community in the medical blogosphere. This is the seventh year of the competition and these awards are designed to highlight the exciting and useful role that the medical blogosphere plays in medicine and society. This year’s competition is sponsored by Epocrates® and Lenovo®.

via The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards Sponsored by Epocrates and Lenovo.

Yes, I’ll be helping judge even though they got my name wrong (fixed). Bad pub better than none?  You decide.  (Why do I get to help judge? Because I won the first one, that’s why.  I think.)

BTW, go THERE to leave submissions, not here.  And may the Best Blogs win!

Top Winkler officials indicted | indicted, winkler, officials – Government – Odessa American Online

KERMIT Two Winkler County officials and the former hospital board administrator were indicted Thursday on charges related to the 2009-’10 case of the two whistle-blowing Winkler County nurses, according to  court documents obtained by CBS 7.

County Attorney Scott Tidwell and Sheriff Robert Roberts were indicted by a grand jury on two counts each of third-degree felony misuse of official information and retaliation, and two counts of official oppression, a class A misdemeanor.

Stan Wiley, who resigned from Winkler County Hospital in October, was indicted on two counts of retaliation.

The indictments, which come from the Texas attorney general’s office, result from the criminal investigation of nurses Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle. They were fired from Winkler County Memorial Hospital and were indicted and arrested by local authorities in 2009 in connection with misuse of official information after sending a letter to state medical regulators. The letter outlined concerns including Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles’ supposed attempt to use hospital supplies for at-home procedures.

via Top Winkler officials indicted | indicted, winkler, officials – Government – Odessa American Online.

There’s some quote about ‘you can get a Grand Jury to indict a sandwich’ or somesuch, so while this isn’t a conviction it does bode well for some actual justice…

Anti-Vaccine Doctor Planned to Profit from Scare : Discovery News

Just when it seems the scandal cant get any worse, it does.According to new research published in todays BMJ, Wakefields motive for the fraud was money — and lots of it. Wakefield "planned secret businesses intended to make huge sums of money, in Britain and America, from his now-discredited allegations," according to a BMJ press release.

via Anti-Vaccine Doctor Planned to Profit from Scare : Discovery News.

I have a friend whose answer to things that dont make sense is “follow the money”. He’s usually right.

I cannot tell you the thrill I have knowing this contemptible scum has picked my State to work from.