pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP

Showing posts from: July 2017

10 Medical Breakthroughs Unaccepted At First – Part Two

In part one I already confessed to being in a profession full of egos which, like it or not, sometimes get in the way of rational consideration of things new or which are going against long used practices.

And I even asserted that pediatricians don’t have as much trouble with that as other specialists; proposing, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that it was because we were all used to dealing with adolescents whose very body language conveys that every adult around them “just doesn’t have a clue.”
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Joseph Kirsner: Colon Cancer, IBS, Educator, Doctor

It’s one thing to live 102 years and witness two generations of medical advancements and still quite another to be the one who made many of those advances!

Further, it’s even more unusual when the Decagenarian set out to do nothing but “be a good doctor” yet ended up with over 750 articles, 12 books and, get this, TWO lifetime achievement awards—why not he saw almost two lifetimes come and go.
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10 Medical Breakthroughs Unaccepted At First – Part One

Unfortunately, I’m in a profession where egos flair at the drop of a hat either through overwhelming skepticism, inordinate caution, debilitating fear of being wrong or as yet some unknown neurological or psychiatric condition.

I wish I was smart enough to write a definitive article on that, it would do the world a favor.

But I’m not, so this is not about that; it’s about the unfortunate result of all that—the often adolescent refusal to accept new knowledge when it is presented.
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Head Lice and Tea Tree Oil

Let’s talk head lice for a moment. When I trained it wasn’t too difficult to diagnose or treat. THEN things began to change and the darn things started to become resistant to the medications we used to do them in—that, and the fact that there was found some degree of neurotoxicity which made us all nervous and VERY careful.
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Rotating Brain WA Animation

These well done graphics were developed and published by Jeff Bryant, a fellow over at Wolfram Alpha in Champaign, IL., to highlight the capabilities of Wolfram’s “Mathematica” computer language they’ve been developing. They call it: “AnatomyPlot3D” via the Wolfram Language in Mathematica 11.

The Medical Graphics of Jeff Bryant
Astronomy, Cataclysmic Variable Stars… Wildlife Photography

Rotating Head

Rotating Torso

Erasing Arm

Mandible

A Patients Funeral

This is perhaps the most odd post I’ve written for this site in many years. It’s been on the possibles list for a year or so while I tried to figure out how to present it, and I’ve had difficulty.

I never respond with a comment on someone’s blog; but, when I read an article by another physician about going to a patient’s funeral it hit me so strong that I simply had to. Then the more I thought about it, I felt that both his article and my comment should find a place on my site as well.

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Puberty Time Lapse

The incredible bodily change during puberty never ceases to amaze me. In this project I have a couple other observations as well.

Frist, I’m a bit envious of the technical skills it took to create such a time-lapse montage. Even the calendar on the wall progresses through the months and years, and I’m positive it’s more than one year.

And second, think of what it must have taken to keep his son’s cooperation through that many years! An incredible joint project through a (normally) difficult time of life for a teen where cooperation through long term projects is hard to come by.