Day: October 27, 2009

The effective wordsmithing of Amy Wallace

One of the most engaging and clearly-written pieces of science journalism over the last year or so was published in Wired magazine last week. Now in the midst of a firestorm of attention, Amy Wallace's, "An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All," is part interview with rotavirus vaccine developer, pediatric infectious disease physician and immunologist, Dr Paul...

/ October 27, 2009
Petty Officer 1st Class Freddy Mejia, a corpsmen with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, inspects a cut on Khalid's forehead in Now Zad, May 19. Khalid, a young Afghan boy, fell off of a motorcycle the day before and injured his head. While on patrol, Marines spotted the boy and took him to the corpsmen to inspect the bandage. Mejia, a 30-year-old native of Puerto Rico, determined he could help the boy, cleaned the wound and applied a fresh bandage. The village has an Afghan doctor, but Marines still provide medical care when needed. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ned Johnson)

Military Medicine in Iraq

 Doctors get a lot of flak these days without ever going near a battle zone. They are bombarded with accusations of not caring about their patients, of being shills for Big Pharma, of being motivated by money, of killing patients with medical errors and drug side effects. In addition, they are bombarded with claims that non-scientific medical systems (so-called alternative medicine, from...

/ October 27, 2009