Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Today's Grand Rounds

A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure is hosting today's Grand Rounds. It is a particularly strong field of submissions this week.

For what it's worth, I particularly enjoyed the following selections:

Dr. Charles' experience with the great among us. Eloquent and insightful without being self-congratulatory.

Orac's run-in with with a wayward GU system. Proving once again that those specialists spending inordinate amounts of time in the ER have the most entertaining war stories...except for psychiatrists.

GruntDoc's dissatisfaction with his institution's CME requirements. I've written about problems with physician education requirements before here. I wish that the people who create the policies paid more attention to "unintended consequences" of even seemingly benign changes. I'm all for making things better but I think more thought needs to go into making substantive changes in the way we do business. These little rules all add to the "hidden" costs of healthcare and detract from our enjoyment of our profession.

InsureBlog points out another example of how policy makers ignore man's innate drive towards acting in one's self-interest. Failure to take this into account invariably leads to more failure!

The Aggravated Surgeon brings to bear a unique application of the new math to a novel lawsuit.

Abel Pharmboy's piece on the legalization of a Schedule I drug in deference to a particular religion. Maybe the pro-medicinal marihuana people need to take a different approach? I'm reminded of a previous InsureBlog post.

Flea informs us that basic game theory is more complex than simple statistics might suggest...especially when it involves meningitis.

And my favorite this week? The Science Creative Quarterly's discussion of the question on everyone's mind...Why does my pee stink after eating asparagus? Isn't it reassuring to know that science marches on?


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