Modern Medical Science (nonfiction)

Microhistories from late 20th century onwards, and other non-fiction accounts in health, food and medicine. (Please limit books from the self-help genre.)

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message 1: by Rock (last edited Dec 10, 2013 07:51PM) (new)

Rock Angel What of your doctor's empathy?

"Patients of doctors who score lower on tests that measure empathy appear to have worse clinical outcomes. Diabetic patients, for instance, have worse control of their blood sugar and cholesterol. Cancer patients seem to experience more depression. Medication compliance diminishes. Even the common cold can last longer."

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_...

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"According to one bit of popular lore, (in the U.S.) you should avoid being hospitalized in July."

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

-from "The Worst Time to Have Surgery"
By James Hamblin, June 2013, The Atlantic Magazine


message 2: by Rock (new)

Rock Angel The micro history of leprosy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env...


message 3: by Rock (last edited Dec 10, 2013 07:50PM) (new)

Rock Angel From "The Meat Lab", 2013 November, Popular Science Magazine:
http://www.popsci.com/article/science...

Biotech firm Organovo/Modern Meadow (backed by Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder) aimed to bioengineer human organs, sidetracked into growing edible chicken (now sold thru Whole Foods), then proposed to grow leather. The last part of this article mused on a future where the factory process of cell growth will be live webcasted as a stark alternative to the secrecy of farming and slaughter in the US meat industry today; and where the few "seed animals" at a bio-factory will "live a charmed life" as celebrities in their quasi- regional petting zoo. Quite ingratiating, this last part. The article does not address, however, the importance or means to ascertain that eating petri dish meat is safe for us.

Personally I support growing leather -- for shoes or for furniture. I support growing the types of human tissues that we currently harvest from cadavers (skins for burn victims and cancer patients, ligaments like ACLs, tissue parts like the cornea or the meniscus in the knee. Also see http://www.icij.org/tissue). These will probably all happen in my lifetime without strenuous moral obstacles -- I think as long as they are "passive" body parts as opposed to complex organs. As for the argument that the world cannot meet its meat consumption needs (by 2050 they say), I think we should all cut down on meat and invent delicious seaweed dishes. Change is good. How about we adapt instead of strong arming nature?

There's just one inevitable thing that makes me cringe: how this would quickly turn into a "grow your lady/gentleman parts" freak show, or a "fountain of youth" hysteria. Granted that bio-engineering designer parts will likely improve the Frankenstein-ish cut-n-stitch plastic surgeries of today, I still find it distasteful. Natural selection has its perks.


message 4: by Rock (new)

Rock Angel 2012 investigative reports on the global tissue (not organ) trade:
http://www.icij.org/tissue

There is a downloadable ebook on the 4 part series, and a few video clips involving cadavers being harvested. You have been warned.


message 5: by Rock (new)

Rock Angel A note on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:

There's a fictionalized account on an 2010 episode of "Law & Order (Season 20, Episode 21)"


message 6: by Rock (last edited May 23, 2014 11:30AM) (new)

Rock Angel Human trafficking (of live donors) for their organs, a global trade -- May 2014:

http://newint.org/features/2014/05/01...

[ xenotransplantation = cross-species transplantation ]


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