William Gosset: A True Student

Today I attended a Basic Epidemiology class meant for the undergraduate students as I thought it would be good to brush up on my basic knowledge. The topics for the day were Hypothesis Testing and An Introduction to Randomized Controlled Trials, both pretty important ones, no matter which level you are studying at. What struck me was the amount of details the students were taught. … Continue reading William Gosset: A True Student

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Remembering Tinsley Harrison, the Oslerphile Physician

The past few weeks have been very demanding on me and I have not had the best of times, either on the personal or on the professional front. So, today, I took a break from the usual drudgery of life and decided to take a step back and remind myself of the bigger picture of things. While reading through Osler’s Aequanimitas (check it out here) … Continue reading Remembering Tinsley Harrison, the Oslerphile Physician

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Comic Book Meets Medicine: Little Orphan Annie

One of the classic histopathological signs that we read of in Pathology quite often is the Orphan Annie Eye nucleus seen in Papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. This odd name has an interesting history behind it. One that dates back to two popcult references – one at the fag end of the 1800s and one that started slightly later, in 1924. The Bethesda guidelines for … Continue reading Comic Book Meets Medicine: Little Orphan Annie

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Trendelenberg vs Trendelenburg: What’s in a name?

I have a slew of exams lined up and am recovering from a (suspected) repetitive stress injury of the right wrist. Combined, they have managed to keep me offline long enough to stay off the blog. But since yesterday my wrist has been feeling a little more supple and hence, this post. Not much of a post, more like… musings. So as any medical student … Continue reading Trendelenberg vs Trendelenburg: What’s in a name?

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Charles Beevor: The Sign of a “Bloody” Jerk

Forgive the hyperbolic title. Do not take offense and read on before hating on me. Please note the post script for added justification for this inflammatory title, if you so feel. Thanks. Now on with the main show! Not the best known of neurologists, history has not been very kind to this amicable gentleman, who was, like many other physicians of his era, a very … Continue reading Charles Beevor: The Sign of a “Bloody” Jerk

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Santiago Ramon y Cajal: The Craftsman of Science

Scientists often are classed to be a group who are so lost within the intricacies of their vast subjects that they forget to look out into the world or explore the horizons of other specialties. We often tend to stereotype scientists into certain classes and blocks based on the achievements they garnered in their respective fields of specialization. We tend to forget that the truly … Continue reading Santiago Ramon y Cajal: The Craftsman of Science

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When Diseases Talk: Tuberculosis and Its Impression on Literature

A skiagram of the chest, showing miliary mottling, suggestive of Pulmonary Koch’s Disease in both lungs. there is also an opacity of the right upper lobe suggestive of active pulmonary disease. Patient was an 84 year old man, with a long history of TB for the treatment of which he was a multiple defaulter. The patient presented to the ER with severe respiratory distress and … Continue reading When Diseases Talk: Tuberculosis and Its Impression on Literature

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