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A portrait of janiceps by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Over the weekend I decided to seize the moment and take pictures of the remarkable preserved specimen that I mentioned in my first post. These little conjoined twins - both f ... Read on »
Balloon sinuplasty by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Checking out the news online today, I couldn't help noticing a little anatomy in the headlines: A balloon instead of a knife: Sinuplasty for ailing sinuses. Here are the firs ... Read on »
Brain myths and facts by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc One of my favorite science writers, Carl Zimmer , investigates a surprising claim about brain power in his latest blog entry: You're a Dim Bulb (And I mean that in the best ... Read on »
Brainstem video by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Having trouble learning brain anatomy? This tutorial by Pinky and the Brain could help: And here are the lyrics: Neocortex, frontal lobe... Brainstem! Br ... Read on »
Can a beer belly save your life? by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Last week on Car Talk , the Magliozzi brothers opened their weekly radio show with new research that relates a man's physique to his chances of surviving a car crash. Accord ... Read on »
Design flaw in the duodenum? by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I love it when the word of the day from Wordsmith.org is related to anatomy. Here is today's: duodenum (doo-uh-DEE-nuhm, doo-OD-n-uhm, dyoo-) noun The first portio ... Read on »
Eye popping by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc I'm back! Yes, Dear Reader, it's been too long, and I can't promise regular updates now that classes are in full swing, but I just couldn't pass up today's weird anatomy ... Read on »
Fun with the nasolacrimal duct by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Mehmet Yilmaz snorts milk up his nose and squirts it out of his eye in a bid to set a new world record in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004. Yilmaz squirted the milk ... Read on »
How much sodium in a pint of blood? by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc That's what I was wondering as I sat in the blood donation center yesterday with a large-bore needle in my cephalic vein, having finally succumbed to the nagging of my conscie ... Read on »
Kitten with one eye by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Cy, short for Cyclopes, a kitten born with only one eye and no nose, is shown in this photo provided by its owner in Redmond, Oregon, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005. The kitten, ... Read on »
Male nipples and round ligaments of the uterus by Brad W. Medical Student 3 Comments Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Why do men have nipples? In women, of course, the major function is clear: nipples provide a convenient milk-delivery device for a hungry infant to latch onto. Nature has ... Read on »
Muscles to smile, muscles to frown by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc A long time ago I heard the adage that it takes something like 43 muscles to frown but only 17 muscles to smile, ergo, we should just smile because it's easier. It wasn't unt ... Read on »
My favorite muscle by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Each day I receive a "Word a Day" e-mail from the Wordsmith . Last week I was delighted to get a message related to my favorite muscle. Here is an excerpt from the e-mail ... Read on »
My uvula trick by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Drumroll please. You are about to witness my most popular anatomical party trick. In fact, years from now, it will likely be the only thing that my former students remember ... Read on »
Nasal irrigation by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Staving off the common cold for years at a time may be a pipe dream, but I'm willing to keep trying. So last night, inspired in part by this NPR report, I finally tried nasal ... Read on »
Referred pain by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Updated July 2009 If you woke up with a pain in your shoulder , you'd probably think something was wrong with your shoulder, right? Maybe you slept on it the wrong way, ... Read on »
Sneezing in bright light by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc When you go outside and bright sunlight hits your eyes, do you sneeze? In other words, do you have a photic sneeze reflex? I sure do. I've been reminded of it frequentl ... Read on »
The "backward" chest X-ray in Scrubs by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc An astute future doc on the SDN forums noticed recently that the opening sequence of Scrubs (a sitcom which I confess I haven't seen yet) features an incorrectly oriented ches ... Read on »
The Ethics of Retail Radiology by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Hey everyone, I'm currently between graduation and residency, so I've decided to post an essay I wrote for one of the last courses of medical school: Medical Ethics. The ess ... Read on »
What do chiropractic adjustments do to your anatomy? by Brad W. Medical Student Posted in: Blog Posts in Life as a Doc Last week I visited a chiropractor for the first time since moving to Vermont. I went to him because, for several years now, I've experienced varying degrees of pain or discom ... Read on »