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Medical and Medical History

Reflections and stories about medicine and medical history. I am no medical historian. I am simply a craftsman, curious about the giants on whose shoulders my craft stands, and the history and genesis of the tools and techniques we use today. I also believe, that only a reflection of the mistakes of the past can prevent more of those in the future.

Feb 8, 2023 Ethical Lifelogging (is it?)

I’ve logged my life for more than ten years now. Some of the data were collected semi-locally, meaning I used tools that collected them on and wrote them to a storage device of my own. But most weren’t. My activity data is logged by an Apple device and stored in their cloud. My electronic scale sends data to Withings/ex-Nokia, my diet is logged and stored by MyFitnessPal, videos and photos land on Apple’s servers as well.

Jan 25, 2023 Good Vibrations, Bad Science

Everything you thought you knew about vibrators is wrong...

Oct 16, 2022 Rembrandt, med school shitposter

shitpost: to state inconvenient truths in a way that mocks the person on the receiving end. A reddit phenomenon.

Apr 19, 2022 Viruses are bastards

A long rant, a short lesson in immune response, a thought on SARS-CoV-2, and a surprise guest that's a real bastard, too

Feb 11, 2022 I do not regret a single day in medicine

A love letter to medicine

Sep 13, 2021 Joe and the “Horse Dewormer”

Science is fun and science is hard. Science stops being fun, when it its name is used to make a (sometimes even valid) point, by falsifying the evidence and bending the truth.

Apr 18, 2021 The Evidence against EMDR

Dec 28, 2020 Kary Mullis (December 28, 1944 – August 7, 2019)

He posed naked on his autibiography, used his 15 Nobel Prize minutes to slag off his ex-girlfriend, married a raccoon, believed HIV was not real... and he invented PCR.

Nov 17, 2020 Korbinian Brodman (17 November 1868 – 22 August 1918)

For a man who would later neatly classify the areas of the brain, Korbinian Brodman wasn’t one to neatly order his life. He studied Medicine in Munich, Würzburg, Berlin, and Freiburg, left for a while, the returned to pick up his diploma in 1895. Not content, he went back to school and restudied parts of the curriculum in Lausanne before accepting a job back in his first year university’s Hospital, Munich.

Feb 14, 2020 Willem Johan (Pim) Kolff (February 14, 1911 – February 11, 2009)

Know what’s hardcore? Being an active resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, that’s hardcore. If, by the by, during that time you also start the first blood bank in Europe, build the first dialysis machine from car parts and juice cans, and hide a Jewish colleague and his son from SS officers, you’re ultra hardcore.

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