Sex and the Senile

Geriatric sexuality is a very sparsely explored domain in the medical arena. With the developing world getting top heavy on the age pyramid, this has become a rather timely question to ask. This study conducted in Australia takes a look at the prevalence of sexual activities in people ages 75 years and above (upto 95 … Continue reading Sex and the Senile

BMJ Open: New Open Access Journal

This journal has been in the piping for quite some time as it had already been declared in the BMJ Blogs. It went live quite some time ago (February 24th) but I just managed to procrastinate posting this till now!!/BMJ_Open/status/40541838293078016 The new journal works on the principle of the author paying system, much like … Continue reading BMJ Open: New Open Access Journal

Did Chopin Have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy?

Frederick Chopin is not only one of the greatest composers this side of history, but also, a paleopathologist’s delight. He died at the age of 39, which, even by the standards of those days, was quite young. There were several interesting correlated family ailments which has sparked the minds of the medical folks. In this … Continue reading Did Chopin Have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy?

Valentine’s Day Special: John Hunter

In this special series, I will try to head up to Valentine’s Day with a series of posts to celebrate the day of love with posts not quite so pink and rosey. And I will start with the volatile Scottish surgeon: John Hunter! Yeah. You read that right! Read on, to understand why I chose … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Special: John Hunter

Death Drug on the Death Row

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