Personal Hobbies - any medicine related?

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  1. Anastomoses

    Anastomoses secretly an end artery Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

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    I was reading about Chvostek and Trousseau (obvious correlation) and then got kind of sidetracked reading about Trousseau's contributions, research into yellow fever and his life and ironic death when I decided I would start compiling small profiles of those who influenced medicine - just as a hobby. Does anyone else engage in this sort of thing or other medicine related hobbies just for personal enjoyment?

    And are there any particular medicine personalities which have caught your attention?
     
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  3. CherryRedDracul

    CherryRedDracul 2 Chainz Muscular Dystrophy 2+ Year Member

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    Studying for Step 1 and posting here incessantly are my only two hobbies.

    Slightly off-tangent aside, but I was reading about Austin Flint a few days ago about how he despised eponyms for diseases and such. How ironic that someone decided to name the pseudo-mitral stenosis murmur secondary to aortic regurgitation as the "Austin Flint" murmur.
     
  4. username456789

    username456789 7+ Year Member

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    I'm a volunteer physician for a number of area high school sports teams/organizations. Maybe that counts.
     
  5. TheWeeIceMan

    TheWeeIceMan And like that... *poof*... he's gone. 7+ Year Member

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    I post on SDN.
     
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  6. Psai

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    Yeah I like to look up the people that have things named after them because if you're important enough to have something named after you, like starling forces, you are generally a big deal. I found out that Homer-Wright rosettes, which are associated with diseases like neuroblastoma, are named after a single dude, James Homer Wright. He and Richard Cabot are responsible for "Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital" which you can find in the New England Journal of Medicine.
     
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  7. Arkangeloid

    Arkangeloid MS2 Banned

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    When I was playing Path of Exile a few days back, some dude started complaining in the global chat about being orally infected with Candida albicans. Despite my abysmal Microbiology grades, I was able to advise him to see a physician and ask for fluconazole.

    Despite that, I have no medicine-related hobbies.
     
  8. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

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    :rolleyes:























    j.k.
     
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  9. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

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    Wikipedia is excellent for the buzzwords, I think.
     
  10. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

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    Isn't Micro pretty much charts that you learn thru repetitition?
     
  11. Arkangeloid

    Arkangeloid MS2 Banned

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    Yeah.

    For the Pharma portion, I made my own spreadsheets for that stuff.
     
  12. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

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    Sometimes hand written charts help too - they're faster and your brain is actively filtering the information. I thought Micro was relatively easy bc it was memorization that could be effectively done thru charts.
     
  13. dadaddadaBATMAN

    dadaddadaBATMAN 2+ Year Member

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    In medical school, yup.

    Experience was significantly different in undergrad (I took a lot of classes in micro)...much more molecular genetics/biochemistry/metabolism oriented. Also a lot of focus on various molecular techniques and different ways to manipulate genomes of microbes via plasmids, transposons, etc.

    Most of that stuff is pretty irrelevant in a clinical context: knowing how to generate a transposon mutagenesis library to identify virulence factors doesn't really matter. More important to just know gram - diplococci = neisseria, etc. Same thing with techniques for transformations, what purple sulfur bacteria eat and how they do it, what methanogens do, etc.

    Medical microbiology is a tiny subset, and if you found it interesting, you should try out the real thing. I still love micro, even though I hated the medical school bastardization.
     
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  14. Desk_Jockey

    Desk_Jockey 2+ Year Member

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    One time when I was watching a ..... bedtime movie... I noticed a small lesion on the actor's penis that I'm pretty sure was either syphilis, chancroid, or herpes. Almost missed it, but I went back, paused, zoomed in, and I'm pretty sure that I was seeing things correctly.

    I guess I don't have any strictly medicine-related hobbies, but I find ways to integrate medicine into my pre-existing ones.
     
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    I found out that Homer-Wright rosettes, which are associated with diseases like neuroblastoma
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Mad Jack

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    Herpes is the common cold of the "bedtime movie" industry.
     
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    Anastomoses secretly an end artery Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

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    Can we make a Like - but w/some reservations button?

    He had such strong feelings about it? I absolutely love diseases with eponymous names. In fact just the other day, I was weighing the fairness of removing Wegener's name from granulomatosis because of his Nazi affiliation. I mean...bad behavior? yes. Described the disease? yes.
     
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  18. CherryRedDracul

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    Same issue with Reiter's syndrome, now renamed to "reactive arthritis". Although both Wegener and Reiter were supporters of the Nazi movement, Reiter wrote a book about racial hygiene, and was also found guilty for war crimes committed at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

    And here's the quote from Dr. Flint: “So long as signs are determined from fancied analogies, and named from these or after the person who describes them, there cannot but be obscurity and confusion.” Which I agree with. Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome or progressive supranuclear palsy? Which is easier to remember the characteristics of the disease?
     
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  19. Psai

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    lol agreed. Pathologists name everything after food and cardiologists name everything after each other. It's so annoying to remember random names instead of descriptive ones.
     
  20. Captain Sisko

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    I like to barbeque.

    I've found that instead of injecting a whole pig with your marinade straight into the muscle you can do a better job by finding the descending aorta and pumping it in there. Last time I tried it I lost a lot of fluid in the body cavity so I'm going to first cauterize the branches off of it where the organs were removed.
     
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  21. Anastomoses

    Anastomoses secretly an end artery Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

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    wtf? haha.
     
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  22. croak

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    I've been a consultant for the motion picture and television for over thirty years. It's a riot.
     
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  23. Apoplexy__

    Apoplexy__ Blood-and-thunder appearance 2+ Year Member

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    You must love Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple and Picmonic.

    I think Jean-Martin Charcot is a pretty cool guy. Eh has 15+ eponyms named after him and doesn't afraid of anything.
     
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    We discussed a controversial method in which we would cannulate a pig, put it on bypass and then replace their blood volume with barbecue.
     
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  25. DermViser

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    :wtf:
     
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    Just think of it as using an embalming technique. Except instead of formaldehyde, you are embalming the pig with DELICIOUS.
     
  27. TXKnight

    TXKnight Better Known as TXK 5+ Year Member

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    Although always the philosophy of science and biographies/historical characters (in medicine, public health or science in general) have drawn my attention, it is just very recently that I started, like yourself, to write small synopses or copy stuff (to evernote) that I find interesting from websites or book I am reading/read. I also wish I had taken a logic and/or philosophy class in college...
     
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  28. Apoplexy__

    Apoplexy__ Blood-and-thunder appearance 2+ Year Member

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    This. Ah pre-med curriculum, what more college joys need you rob me of?
     
  29. WhippleWhileWeWork

    WhippleWhileWeWork 2+ Year Member

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    See my sig.

    A primer in critical thinking/reasoning wouldn't cost you more than a weekend or two of reading. I can recommend the two I'm working through now if interested.
     
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  30. DermViser

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    But apparently the best way to test critical thinking and reasoning skills is by adding more subjects and questions on the MCAT.
     
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    WhippleWhileWeWork 2+ Year Member

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    Indeed, instead of adding pre-reqs that teach and establish actual critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Edit:
    For some reason beer = brevity, in my postings.

    What I mean is, they could have added pre-reqs or sections to the MCAT that pertain to how a student thinks, instead they went for classes that pertain to what a student thinks.
     
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  32. Anastomoses

    Anastomoses secretly an end artery Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

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    A person can learn the basics of critical reasoning in a couple weekends but refining it/practicing it until it's second nature is another matter altogether. Like chess.

    Hand me a beer.
     
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  33. WhippleWhileWeWork

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    Like chess, it's a worthy investment of one's time, n'est ce pas?

    Almost out of beer, time for the single malt scotch.
     
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    I found William Osler was quite an interesting physician to read about.

    - Basically invented medical residency and also the concept of students rounding on patients
    - Founding physician of Johns Hopkins medical school
    - An entire myriad of medical conditions named after him.

    Some of these guys have pretty fascinating biographies.
     
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  35. CherryRedDracul

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    He also was a prankster and a big proponent of not taking life too seriously. He published the infamous satirical piece on "penis captivus".
     
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  36. dyspareunia

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    Posting here while tying suture knots with my toes.
     
  37. fancymylotus

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    Shopping.

    Bc while I buy stuff I think about teeth
     
  38. TXKnight

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    I am interested and can devote some time now before school starts. Hit me up man.
     
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  39. TXKnight

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    So what are those two recommendations you have? PM if you prefer.
     
  40. Anastomoses

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    1. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
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    Take those two and call me in the morning.
     
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  41. Kahreek

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    critical thinking is overrated, you either get or you dont.
     
  42. TXKnight

    TXKnight Better Known as TXK 5+ Year Member

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    I'll read the second one. i'm a solid chess player

    Thanks, I'll read it. I got my chess game down solid though.
     
  43. username456789

    username456789 7+ Year Member

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    Solid.
     
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  44. TXKnight

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    I have no idea why it is like that, I guess I meant to edit? Solid.
     
  45. TXKnight

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    So, you are up for a lesson I see. That's fine by me.
    I hate to disappoint but yeah, technically I am a mere premed. I start ms1 next August
     
  46. username456789

    username456789 7+ Year Member

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    This new board has an annoying feature that stores any response you started to type but abandoned. Then you go to post and whatever you left behind before is still there.
     
  47. Apoplexy__

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    Can I get in on this? Looking forward to having a bit more free time at the beginning of MS3 coming up.

    Hm, for some reason I'm thinking you'd probably have a recommendation for an iTunesU course. Would I be right?
     
  48. WhippleWhileWeWork

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    Sorry, got busy doing some car maintenance.

    I think this book is an excellent place to start. This edition (older) in particular has the highest reviews of all the editions, I believe. It's a great primer in that it introduces the concepts, presumes little to no prior knowledge, and has questions integrated into each chapter with answers to make sure you're getting it.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Asking-Right-Questions-Critical-Thinking/dp/0132203049/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400376581&sr=1-5&keywords=asking the right questions
    If you get through this one and you want more let me know (I should hold off on recommending the 2nd one that I had in mind until I work through it myself). This one will keep you busy though, especially if the ideas they are presenting are new to you.
     
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    Dr. Paul and Dr. Elder's website is great and has many free resources. Some of their books catch flack because they seem to inject their political leanings into all of their examples of poor reasoning. I find that kind of stuff distracting so I started looking for other authors and ended up with the green book that I posted above. However, Paul/Elder are certainly fine teachers of critical thinking, as well.

    http://www.criticalthinking.org
     
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