Welcome to Grand Rounds. It's been quite some time since THCB hosted the medical blogosphere's major compendium. So sit back and enjoy a stroll through the gardens of medical and health care obsession.
It's still a fresh political season, so we start with the wonks:
I will be participating in the St Baldrick's program to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. I will be shaving my head at Fado's Pub in Chicago on March 13, sacrificing my beautiful locks to the cause of finding cures for these terrible diseases. Last year, we did the same, and Nathan's Network raised just about $40,000. You, my readers, were instrumental in helping us achieve that goal.
So, again, I ask you to consider donating whatever sum you can -- simply click on the image below and it will take you to the secure online donation site. The top donor will get first swipe with the razor, should he or she care to come to Chicago! All donors will receive an image of my glistening bald scalp and an extra helping of good karma.
The third edition of Change of Shift (Vol 3, No 16) for 2009 is hosted by Digital Doorway! It’s the “fish bowl” edition. I hope you will check it out (photo credit). You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog.
In the days leading up to hosting this edition of Change of Shift, I gave a great deal of thought to the phenomena of the internet, blogging, Twitter, iPhones, Facebook, and the many technological advances that now keep us all connected and communicating.
That said, as much as I love these manifestations of our Digital Age, I also see these forums as proverbial fish bowls in which we all stew ourselves in the waters of public communication, often rendering ourselves vulnerable and naked as the observing masses watch our every move.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Palliative Care Grand Rounds, a monthly blog carnival bringing you the best and most interesting blog posts about hospice, palliative care, death and dying, grief, quality of life, communication in the medical arena, and anything else that strikes the fancy of the host that month.
If you are interested in becoming one of the upcoming hosts, please comment or email me at ctsinclair @t g-m-a-i-l d0t c0m. Here is the website with the archives and upcoming hosts.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Blog has a nice post titled "Pablo Picasso's Girl in the Mirror: The Agony of Imagined Ugliness". (photo credit)
Most clinicians involved in the treatment of patients with facial deformities will encounter the patient who is excessively concerned with a minor or imperceptible defect in their appearance or patients who reveal extreme dissatisfaction despite good treatment results. In cases in which such a preoccupation with appearance causes the patient marked distress in their social or occupational functioning, the patient may have nondelusional dysmorphophobia, also known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
Ant Ears is back!
It has been some time since I last posted. Busy trauma rotation, holidays, ABSITE, killer call schedule - suddenly 3 months went by.
You can check out the archives of his Blog Talk Radio show. Here is the upcoming schedule:
2/19: From Medskool