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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

All your words are bullshit. All you care about is money, cocktail parties and prestige.

Skeptical Scalpel said...

But not in that order.

If you don't like what I have to say, don't read it.

Anonymous said...

I like that you have a spammers link. Is it that much of a problem?

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Not really a problem. They apparently can't read so they ignore the notice. I block all of their comments but they spam away.

The best part is the bogus online medical assistant school spammers who try to put spam comments on my post that describes the worst online scam school of all. Even the school I wrote about still does it.

Anonymous said...

Of course they can't read... they're bots! They're not really wasting their time; they're just mindless computer slaves doing their master's bidding.

Skeptical Scalpel said...

So I've been told. I wish they would stop thoough. They are a real nuisance.

The spam from the medical assistant school has decreased significantly. Who knows? Maybe someone did read that post.

Steven Haffley said...

You realize they aren't going to hear you by making posts like this right? I'm a web designer, these spammers are not actually viewing your website, they are just using a program that finds blogspot blogs and comments on them. You use blogspot, blogspot can automatically be spammed.

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Steven, thanks for the comment. Others have told me this too. So how do you explain this spam comment that I received just before yours?

"Lawyers are hardworking people. That's for sure. Take this lawyer from Ohio who billed long hours for court-appointed cases. For instance, he billed for 21, 21.5, 23 and 29 hours of work for 4 different days. criminal defense attorney orange county"

Are you telling me that a bot extracted a pertinent quote from my post so that an Orange County lawyer's link could be posted? i find that hard to believe.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Orange County link, spambots look for keywords (in this case "lawyer", "court", "attorney", "criminal") to decide who to spam.

Skeptical Scalpel said...

I'm not sure you got my last response. The spam comment quoted specific lines from my post. I don't think a bot could do that. Anyway, I don't see what harm this announcement is doing.

Christina said...

A bot can definitely do that--in fact, it's a common tactic. It has zero SEO benefits and hasn't had for many years, specifically because Google is on to these operations. But there are shady operations selling their shady services to equally sketchy customers. You can be happy that they are wasting a lot of their ill-gotten money getting scammed themselves!

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Christina, thanks for the information. I will just keep deleting their attempts.

Anonymous said...

In reference to your post on 'kevinmd.com' about society not clearly understanding 'brain death' - In my practice as an ICU physician, I also find difficulty explaining this concept to patients' families. Several things have helped:
1) A neurology consultant able to explain this concept and demonstrate neurologic findings at the bedside with the family members in attendance.
2) Having the family at the bedside during an apnea test (after showing them the MAR (medication administration record), awaiting the post-apnea test arterial blood gas results, and discussing the implications of test results (with their own observations of no respiratory efforts.
3) At times, a brain nuclear scan which demonstrates zero cortical blood flow. An addendum to "A picture is worth a thousand words" is:
"The BEST picture is worth over ten thousand words."

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Anon, Thanks.

These are very good suggestions. I wish you had posted them on the comments section of the post itself so others could read them.

Anonymous said...

The Crile script was used at The Hertzler Clinic for many years. As late as 1968, senior Kansas University medical students were sent out into the state on a one-month externship program. I was sent to Halstead, home of the Hertzler Clinic and Hospital (1902). Like the Mayo experience, Dr. Arthur Emanuel Hertzler (1870-1946) came to Halstead to assist after the town had been hit by a tornado and styed there until his death..
One of the older nurses pointed out where the beautiful woodwork in the former hospital "thyroid wing" still had the dents and gouges left when a thyroid storm occurred.
It was an excellent, although somewhat usual externship - during my month, the town went from a telephone operator assisted system to "real dial phones." Before the change, you would just pick up any phone and let the operator know where you were. If you had left when she called back, she would next call to the place you usually went! Worked great!
My preceptor was the clinic cardiologist. We would meet patients with soft heart murmurs at the clinic after the 8:05pm train. Even I could discern the difference between a grade i and grade ii “dove-coo” in aortic regurgitation..
If you can locate a copy of Dr. Hertzler’s autiobiography ‘The Horse and Buggy Doctor’ I think you will enjoy his perspective on The Art, the medicine of the late 1890’s and early 20th Century, and, particularly, his opinion of two types of medical lecturers (page 53).
Roy D. Clark, Jr, MD

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Roy, thanks for commenting. I will see if I can find that book.

Emily said...

I'm having trouble getting e-mail updates to your blog. For some reason I stopped getting consistent e-mail notifications for several weeks. I even tried subscribing on my other e-mail accounts (2 yahoo and hotmail) and only once in a great while do I get a notice. (no, they're not in spam folder) I thought to try unsubscribing, then re subscribing to see if that might work, but can't find any way to unsubscribe.

Am I the only one complaining or have I been blacklisted? ;-)

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Emily, I'm sorry about this. I have no idea what is going on. I will say the Blogger, the platform I use, has been acting strangely for a few months. The search function stopped working. I had to add a third-party search widget. Sometimes when I try to comment, what I have written mysteriously disappears. The is no tech support, no number to call. The service is free. You get what you pay for.

Emily said...

I'm a bit relieved that the problem might not be on my end. I will log in daily to see if there's anything new. I think what was frustrating to discover a column of interest to me and the discussion had ended days ago discouraging me from commenting. Oh, well.

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Emily, I see all comments. There's no time limit. You can comment whenever you like.

Anonymous said...

I am an board certified surgeon specialized in minimally invasive surgery.
( 20 years out) I appreciate your perspective. In my practice , I dont use SILS as a routine only for younger females for its potential cosmetic benefits. I concede it is no better and in reality micro instrument cosmesis is similar in my experience.

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Anon, thanks. I agree with you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I posted a few minutes ago.
Forgot to say but I have also lost approx 1 stone in weight but am eating normally.
Have always been 11st now 10st but not loosing anymore.
Think ive covered all symptoms I have and still have.
Thanks for reading.

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