I love reading about medical history and even minored in it when I was in nursing school.
Our current healthcare system may be a broken mess, but at least physicians and quasi-physicians aren’t still bloodletting and applying leeches (wait, haha yes we actually still use medical-grade leeches for a few things!).
I’ve been doing some genealogical research for my family, and spent the weekend browsing through some newspapers from the years 1900 to 1910.
I was mesmerized by news stories hinting at an approaching war in Europe—which would become World War I—and local fluff pieces such as “Pet dog is operated upon” and “Burglars lead police in exciting footrace.”
Last year I mocked the new catalog of diagnosis codes, the ICD 10. Every medical bill must include a diagnostic code, and I thought the ICD 10, which increased the number of available codes from 13,000 to 70,000, was really over-the-top ridiculous.
New diagnoses included such notables as “injured when knitting,” “sucked into a jet engine” and “problems with the in-laws.”
A friend sent me a YouTube link to a hilarious comic sketch that parodies homeopathy: Homeopathic A&E.
It’s by a pair of British comics, David Mitchell and Robert Webb. A&E stands for Accident and Emergency, the British equivalent of ER.
To understand why it’s so funny, you need to know that homeopathy’s alternative-reality medicine is based on a belief that “like cures like,” with remedies prepared into extremely diluted solutions.… read on
That’s the take home message from Professor (of pharmacy) James McCormack’s latest parody video, End of the Line, which takes a whack at healthcare’s increasingly pervasive and rigid medical guidelines.
If followed to the letter, these guidelines (often based on research funded by drug companies) would have everyone diagnosed with a disease and taking one or more medications. Medical guidelines … read on