Monthly Archives: May 2011

Oo ee oo ah ah

Witch Doctor, a new comic by Image, approaches classic horror from a medical point of view. Check out some previews on the official site. Witch Doctor #1 on sale June 29. image via USA Today

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Laughing at life

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as buddies in a new dramedy, 50/50, about a young man diagnosed with cancer. One of the writers, Will Reiser, is Rogen’s real-life friend who’s struggled with the disease. There’s a surprising amount of … Continue reading

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Re-framing Disability Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Royal College of Physicians looks at historic portrayals of disability alongside modern day portraits. Left, Thomas Inglefield, a twenty year old born without arm or legs in the mid-18th century. “This exhibition explores a group of … Continue reading

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Mind, consciousness and possibility revisited

Conjoined toddlers who seemingly share aspects of consciousness. The girls surely have a complicated conception of what they mean by “me.” If one girl sees an object with her eyes and the other sees it via that thalamic link, are … Continue reading

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“The soul of the internet”

Jonathan Harris is a computer scientist and storyteller who writes programs to “to show off a world that resonates with shared emotions, concerns, problems, triumphs and troubles.” In this TED video, Harris shares his project We Feel Fine, which searches the … Continue reading

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Filed under Arts, Humanism, Storytelling

Once upon a time…

Frank Netter and Eric Carle joined forces. Well not really, but if they had, they just might have created the anatomy pop-up books on display in Animated Anatomies, a new exhibit at Duke University’s Perkins Library. Anatomical flap books  featuring … Continue reading

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Filed under Arts, Education, History of Medicine

Sherlock Holmes and the Ailing Naturalist

History and medicine sleuths at the University of Maryland host a conference each year to solve a historical medical mystery. This year, symptoms which plagued Darwin over the decades have been reconsidered. Now, a new interpretation of his symptoms may … Continue reading

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A Biologist’s Mother’s Day song

We’re a few days late on this, but here’s a fantastic song by a young scientist to his mother. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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Patterns in nature

Looking at how mathematics informs patterns in the world around us. Alan Turing – celebrated for helping to crack the Enigma code during the Second World War and for pinning down the limitations of computers – tackled a special instance … Continue reading

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Lonely Hearts Club

Below, a poignant perspective in this week’s NEJM, entitled “The Loneliness of Visiting.” “Take my hand,” I urge. Sometimes I imagine a weak squeeze in return, but other times his hand falls limply to the side. The effort of turning in … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Humanism, Love