Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Electives - any suggestions?

I'm currently looking into doing a two-week Emergency Medicine elective in any American city... any suggestions?

Most of the ones I've come across so far in my research are four-week electives, but we only get a two-week block during our third year at my school.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

The tragic outcome of a homeopath treating his daughter's eczema

It is devestating to hear stories of people deluded into believing that alternative medicine can cure ails.

It's even worse when the one who suffers never had a choice in the matter.

In England, a homeopath is on trial for gross criminal negligence after his daughter died of a skin infection. She could have easily been treated by a dermatologist, but instead, the father, a homeopath, provided only homeopathic treatment, the jury was told.

"The court heard that by the time Gloria was six months old, the eczema had begun weeping and her clothing and nappies would stick to her skin and tear it whenever her parents changed her.

"Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC said the baby girl's skin began to peel off, allowing infections to enter her bloodstream."

Her body couldn't handle the repeated infections, and she died from septicemia in May 2002.

Had homeopathy been explained to Gloria, I bet even she could have seen the folly of using mere diluted water to treat her raging skin condition and ensuing secondary infections...

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