Tag: Iraq

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

“There must be a reason,” or how we support our own false beliefs

For a change of pace, I want to step back from medicine for this post, although, as you will see (I hope), the study I’m going to discuss has a great deal of relevance to the topics covered regularly on this blog. One of the most frustrating aspects of being a skeptic and championing science-based medicine is just how unyielding belief in...

/ August 31, 2009