Rapid Revision: Serum Sickness Like Reactions

Background: Serum sickness like reaction is a rare but well-recognized adverse effect with certain drugs, especially antibiotics, amongst which Cefaclor is particularly famous for this. The condition mimics typical serum sickness, which is a type III Hypersensitivity reaction but has not been associated with a similar pathophysiology. In fact the pathogenesis of serum sickness like reactions is still unknown for the best part. The main … Continue reading Rapid Revision: Serum Sickness Like Reactions

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Rapid Revision: Rheumatoid Pneumoconiosis

More popularly known as Caplan’s Syndrome, after Dr. Anthony Caplan of the Cardiff Pneumoconiosis Panel, who was the first to describe this condition, this is, as the name suggests, a combination of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pneumoconiosis. Epidemiology: With the fall in coal mining industry and the rise of health standards for industrial workers, this disease is more likely to fall than as suggested by historical … Continue reading Rapid Revision: Rheumatoid Pneumoconiosis

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Rapid Revision: Chromoblastomycosis

This is the segment where I jot down high yield notes for rapid revision of some key features of a focused topic. I know I have not done these for a while now, but well, with the exams right around the corner, and blogging on the backburner, I decided this might be the format to go with for a while!   What is it? Chromoblastomycosis … Continue reading Rapid Revision: Chromoblastomycosis

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Is MBBS Becoming a Vestigial Degree?

“There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.” —William Osler, The Army Surgeon, Medical News, Philadelphia, 64:318, 1894. The focus of the modern day medical student has shifted from the broad to the specific. In keeping with the demand of the day, today, no … Continue reading Is MBBS Becoming a Vestigial Degree?

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Why the Future of Medicine Should Not be Predicted Based on Recruiting Company Surveys

KevinMD has been the blogging guru of almost all the young medical bloggers out there. I am no exception. I have been reading Kevin Pho’s blog ever since he wrote it on blogspot with a grid-focus theme. Of late, his blog has become a mishmash of ideas, with a cornucopia of bloggers writing on his site – a la Huffington Post. The latest post is … Continue reading Why the Future of Medicine Should Not be Predicted Based on Recruiting Company Surveys

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