Category Archives: Medicine

Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis.

Transthyretin amyloidosis, also called ATTR amyloidosis, is a progressive and fatal disease that affects multiple organs. It comes in two versions – genetic and wild (spontaneous and not hereditary). ATTR Amyloidosis is caused by the accumulation of a genetically variant form or even the normal form of the protein, transthyretin, into amyloid fibrils. Transthyretin is…


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Wagner’s Operas and Medical Education

Are Richard Wagner’s operas a potential tool to teach medical students and young doctors humanities? is the title of a paper published by Gunter Wolf a member of the Department of Internal Medicine III, University Hospital Jena. He is also an expert on the operas of Wagner. The abstract of the paper is below. At…


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Novak Djokovic For CDC Director

As anyone semi-sentient knows the great Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has won more Grand Slam tennis tournaments than any male player in history. He might have won two more had he not been denied entry to Australia and the US last year because he refused to take the COVID vaccine and thus was unable…


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SenatorMcConnell’s Medical Condition 

A diplomat has been described as a person sent abroad by his government to lie for his country; the mission of a political doctor is very closely related. By political doctor I mean a physician charged with the care of a government official or a group of them. Dr Brian Monahan is the capital physician….


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The Castrati and Women’s Athletics

The castrati of the title refers to male singers who had been castrated as boys – typically between 8 to 10 years of age. This was done in 17th and 18th century Italy in an effort produce singers of extraordinary abilities. That the practice was illegal in addition to being a moral outrage did not…


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COVID-19 Misinformation From Doctors

Communication of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media by Physicians in the US is a study published by the JAMA Open Network. The authors looked at the social media posts of 52 physicians practicing in 28 different specialties. The small sample size is enough to stop reading. They defined COVID-19 misinformation as assertions unsupported by or…


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Medical Barbarism

Modern medicine, to a large degree, emerged in Germany during the second half of the 19th century. It reached its apogee in 20th century America which also imported the eugenics movement from the United Kingdom. When the Nazis achieved power in 1933 they added eugenics to their views of “racial purity”. The party fired the…


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Low-Dose Aspirin and the Risk of Stroke

Low-Dose Aspirin and the Risk of Stroke and Intracerebral Bleeding in Healthy Older People – Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial is a study just published in the JAMA. It demonstrates another reason why low dose aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease is harmful rather than therapeutic. The study found a significant…


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The NAS Report on COVID-19

The National Association of Scholars has released a report Shifting Sands: The Confounded Errors of Public Health Policy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the third report of a series which examines the interface of science and government. The realization that science, medicine, the government, and both the professional and lay media performed badly during the…


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The CDC, COVID, and Masks – Wither Science?

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is the agency’s primary vehicle for “scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.” Despite it’s standing as a reliable guide to the science of the agency’s purview it is subject only to internal review. It was employed by the…


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