In the lethal injections used to execute prisoners on the death row, one of the major components is an important anesthetic drug called sodium thiopental. Under a three drug protocol, sodium thiopental is used to anaesthetise the prisoner, then pancuronium bromide paralyses him, before potassium chloride is administered to cause a fatal heart attack. (1) … Continue reading Death Drug on the Death Row
Remembering Picasso, The House of Charnel, and A Medical Holocaust
This news article in the BMJ, which is fast becoming my favorite medical reading, is disturbing, to say the least, on several levels. (1) But before I proceed any further I would like to draw your attention to three words in the title of the article: Baby Charnel House. So what exactly is a charnel … Continue reading Remembering Picasso, The House of Charnel, and A Medical Holocaust
The Student BMJ Cartoons Wakefield
The Student BMJ is by far the most popular medical student publication in the world. It has just run a cartoon on the issue of the Wakefieldian MMR-Autism mishap. Take a look. To see the high res version of the cartoon, and find more reading links and stuff, click on the image to go to … Continue reading The Student BMJ Cartoons Wakefield
Did the HIFA2015 Save HINARI?
Alongwith a multitude of other health bloggers, I blogged about publishers pulling out nearly 2500 titles from the HINARI. You can read more about that here. Now, it was followed by an article in the BMJ which raised a storm in the email discussion forum called HIFA 2015 (Health Information for All by 2015). Now … Continue reading Did the HIFA2015 Save HINARI?
Who Will Guard the Guardians?
In a grove of trees in the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, is a statue in memory of Albert Einstein. On it are engraved three of his sayings. One reads: “The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has … Continue reading Who Will Guard the Guardians?