Grand Rounds 3.3

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Welcome to the 3.3 edition of Grand Rounds 3.3. The theme of this edition is the classic table of contents of many medical journals. I hope someday, Grand Rounds editions are also available as an in-printed version.

Editor’s Choice

Sid Schwab has a touching story about how the beginning of surgery should be. It’s an attempt to convey the feeling of making a surgical incision, called Taking Trust.

Clinical Cases and Images points something I’ve been thinking for a while: In the future, Web 2.0 projects may have a similar value to printed manuscripts, and he thinks that maybe in the future any academic appointment will have a section of “What are your internet projects?” This may sound kind of crazy until you realize that some medical blogs have more readers than some lesser known medical journals.

Enrico writes a nice story about the unexpected academic situations he’d find himself in going to school in Mexico, and the stress that comes with training in one country with different educational philosophies.

Dr. Charles wrote a story about refusing to lie, so that an elderly patient can keep the keys to a 1936 Dodge two door sedan, and their freedom.

Physicians stories

Borneo Breezes tells the experience of a Pakistani Non-Governmental-Organization in responding to the earthquake back in October 8th, 2005.

Dr. Nic has a good dilemma on code status. To be resucitated/intubated or not to be resucitated/intubated (DNR alone, DNI alone, DNR/DNI).

Transplant Coordinator from Donor Cycle writes with a great sense of humor about what it takes to be a transplant coordinator.

Dr. Emer gives us a nice reason why isn’t only women who ought to be labeled as shopaholics in Compulsive Shopping in Men.

Doctor Anonymous explains what he feels during fall where flu shots are given as candies. He calls it: Flu shot fiasco.

Enoch Choi reviews new recalls of contaminated food: E. coli tainted lettuce and ground beef.

Wandering Visitor wrote a post about the War Against Fat which summarizes a recent study in the Journal of Neurology about the association between a high fat diet (and copper) and Alzheimer’s disease.

What do you think about Yupik eskimo people? TundraPA says that “they are very inventive at problem solving“, and she wrote about a health aide teaches a patient how to use an MDI with a homemade spacer.

Dr. Kavokin at RDoctor makes a brief review of head injuries and you can take a quiz to learn more.

Paul Auerbach describes what are minor head injuries according to Glasgow Coma Scale.

Steven F. Palter introduces his vision of hand “gesture controlled” surgery.

Dr. Bard Parker writes about responsibilities assumed by physician extenders and lack of communication between physicians.

Dr. Deborah Serani blogs about the World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is “Building Awareness – Reducing Risks: Mental Illness and Suicide”

Nurses stories

Kim -the 51% nurse and multiple host of blog carnivals- blog about the evolution of how making nurse reports has changed to mean significantly and this supposes an additional work.

PaedsRN from Mediblogopathy talks about a big responsibility and answers the questions, What’s life support? and Why are nurses running it?

Mother Jones RN tell us a story about her day as a charge nurse on a psych unit where a patient thinks the devil wears a hospital ID badge and the devil doesn’t always wear Prada

Student stories

Karen, a last year South African student in her brand new blog, writes a stirring story about an encounter she had in casualties with a man who had been severely neglected by his family, called Love Thy Father.

Patients stories

Laurie, from A Chronic Dose gives a special meaning and hope to the marriage where chronic illness is present. She reminds us that human beings aren’t numbers, and We can beat statistics.

Amy, publisher of Diabetes Mine, perfectly explains to us her point of view (from the patient perspective) about marketing wars around new continuous glucose monitoring, it’s really a DogFight.

Difficult Patient writes about domestic violence/abuse: a little bit on his own experience, legal definitions, signs to look for, what to do, and assessing whether a batterer will kill.

Public Health & Insurance

Emily DeVoto has an excellent point of view about how to improve healthcare quality. Indeed it is important to map genes of the mouse brain, but it is more important to improve the conditions of healthcare quality.

Tony Chen, at Hospital Impact gives us the top nine most important healthcare issues that no one’s talking about.

Bob Vineyard writes what all we know, but we never say anything about it; and he shreds a report that doctors treat patients who lack health insurance differently than patients who are insured.

ImpactEDnurse comes with some basic guidelines for keeping you and your patients out of harms way during a pandemic. This is something of which all the involved people in the Health Care, should know.

Aetiology by Tara C. Smith discusses about three new vaccines and how by vaccinating pregnant women, newborns are protected from influenza; an upcoming vaccine for non-typeable Haemphilus influenzae; and the sad state of polio vaccination (and fear thereof) in Nigeria.


Hsien-Hsien Lei comes with a funny story where Robert DeNiro takes care of your heart and he really worries about your health and also, Hsien tells you fast facts of fat.

Bob Coffield takes on the important question raised by Tony: Is it healthcare or Health Care?. I will update my earlier posts.


Susan Palwick a volunteer ER chaplain, wrote an interesting post about feelings and emotions of health care personnel when patients are also friends.

With these thirty entries, I conclude this week’s Grand Rounds. I would like to thank to Nicholas Genes, the conceiver of this linkfest, and all who contribute in submissions and those who stop by reading this.

Next week’s Grand Rounds will be hosted by Kim (the woman who never sleeps) at Emergiblog.

26 thoughts on “Grand Rounds 3.3”

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  3. Hey! I do to sleep! I had 3 hours this morning! LOL!

    Thanks for including Emergiblog this week. I’m going to get my Grand Rounds cup of coffee right now………

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  5. Excellent! If I were to host, I’d do it this way: clear, well-organized, focused on the posts. I’ve enjoyed the more complicated “theme parks,” and admire the time and effort gone into them. Enrico, for example, seems nearly to have blown his mind over it, and it was beautiful. Nevertheless, I know I’d not be so creative; and since the point is to bring posts to readers, I personally am relieved to see this succinct and direct approach. Not because the others aren’t wonderful: because your way is exactly what I’d have in mind were I to do it. Thanks.

  6. Great job with Grand Rounds! I don’t know why I haven’t seen your blog before now. I’ve got you as a “contact” on Flcker, but have somehow managed to miss your blog until now!

    Blogrolling you!

  7. Thanks for a great edition! I particularly enjoyed how crisp and clear this edition was, with a paragraph dedicated to each link.

    Thanks for including my post.

  8. Great job hosting GR! And thanks for including me. I truly appreciate the clear-cut format with descriptions of each link; I read more links in such a format. Thanks for hosting.

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