Friday Foolery #28 Radiant Pin-Up Calendar

18 06 2010

It is HOT & Radiating.

Eizo, a medial diagnostic supply company, issued a very special pin-up calendar.
No body part was concealed from the girls, exposed to the camera…. It is really very original…

But..…Why does no one pose the question whether this illuminate work [full body irradiation x12 (if the same girl poses on the calendar), x attempts ……]  is a responsible thing to do? It is no CT-scan, but still…

The calendar was made by the agency Butter; First seen on: Daily Art Press

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Stories [7]: A Strange Doctor

30 05 2010

The theme of the next Grand Rounds hosted at TECHKNOWDOC’S SURGICAL ADVENTURES is “Humor in Medicine”.

I have been thinking and thinking, but I failed to come up with a funny story other than I have told before (and one I have to check with my mom). Most of my experiences in the medicine/health field aren’t that funny (from my perspective). I can imagine it is different for people working in the field, and especially in the field of emergency care. Life in the Fast Lane and Other Things Amanzi are a rich source of medical humor.

But I have a short story to tell, that is on the interface of science and medicine…

As you probably know I worked as scientist for many years. I did my PhD in a lab where we worked with mice and guinea pigs. I tested the immuno-enhancing effects of cytostatic drugs in mouse models, whereas others tested immunotherapeutic effects of cytostatics, interleukins and/or vaccines in tumormodels, both in mice and guinea pigs. Good for science, but not so nice for the animals: I was glad I didn’t have to do the tumor-experiments.

My boss was a guinea pig expert, he knew everything about guinea-pig immunology. As most project leaders he had his PhD-degree. In the Netherlands he is therefore called a doctor (dr.), which is different from a “dokter” (in Dutch) or a doctor of Medicine (English). But many do not understand the difference.

Sometimes in the school holidays my boss’s little girls came along. They were shown the guinea pigs, but were (of course) kept from the experimentation rooms (the rules were not that strict in the eighties, one could just walk in and out of the stables). Dad tried to explain to them why the guinea pigs were there and what he was doing with them in a simple and not too rude way.

Later, the teacher of one of the girls asked the children of the class what their parents were doing for a living. When it was the turn of my boss’s daughter, she said that both of her parents were doctors. One was a GP and the other, well…. he cured guinea pigs ….

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Guinea Pig:

Silly Saturday #25 Librarians do Gaga

29 05 2010

You probably have seen it all. First at Nikki Dettmar’s blog “Eagle Dawg‘s, then retweeted through the Twitterverse and finally even mentioned by Boing Boing (thanks @drShock). But as a librarian and a former dancer I just can’t resist this video, even though I seldom use the ca, ca, catalog….

Enjoy! it is much better than the Eurovision Songfestival, which I didn’t follow live but was “forced” to follow on Twitter. Well in a certain way the #eurovision tweets were quite enjoyable (and preferable to the live songs, I think). At visible Tweet you can follow the recent ones (for a week or so).

And now for the Librarian GaGa. Librarians rock. ♥♥♥ You did know that, didn’t you?

“Librarians do Gaga” was an entry at the the iSight Film Festival. The video was produced by Sarah Wachter, a student in the iSchool’s Master in Library and Information Science program and the dancers were students and faculty members from the University of Washington’s Information School

Silly Saturday 23 # Twitter Cartoons

15 05 2010

Like my previous Silly Saturday/Friday Foolery this a post in the style of “A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words”.

It also fits in with my last post: “A Quantitave Study suggests that Twitter is not Primarily a Social Networking Site”

[1] As a matter of fact the first cartoon is from the presentation of Haewoon Kwak et al that I reviewed in that post, although they used it in a different context.

What do you think when you see this cartoon (by Ian D. Marsden)?

My first impression is that someone twitters instead of helping people out when there is a riot, accident, terrorist attack etc., but its meaning is positive: “During the Iranian election unrest Twitter was used as a powerful tool to get news out of the country”

[2] Twitter as it is seen by many…

A bit of self-mockery is always sound. Although of course my Twitter behavior is quite unlike that depicted above.

[3] But I do recognize the behavior of Twitter sheep like these (and I don’t mean the lonely sheep but the ‘sheepish followers of celebrities). Brilliant cartoon by Gerald the Sheep (Ben Gallagher)

[4] Noise to Signal also posts some excellent Twitter-cartoons (and Facebook, i-pad etc). The Cartoon below (from RobCottingham) is from the post: “Mommy, where do hashtags come from?” Do you know where # come from?

Here a real-world example of the confusion hashtags (#) can cause…

"There are 3 hashtags in use, which one is the real one?"

That is it for now.

And also from Ramona 🙂  ….Glad I’m not a lonely sheep)…


  1. Cartoon: Iranian Election Demonstrations and Twitter » Iranian Elections and Twitter by Ian D. Marsden on Marsden Cartoons
  2. Twitter Sheep : Gerald-sheep at
  3. “Mommy, where do hashtags come from?” from Noise to Signal (Rob Cottingham)


13 12 2009

The next Grand Rounds will be hosted by Barbara Olson of Florence dot com. The theme will be Simplify, identical to the theme of the annual conference of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Orlando. We are invited to share what’s on our mind about any healthcare-related topic indicating with one word why it is important.

My word is Empathy, because it is a versatile,  important skill doctors should have (besides knowledge and technical expertise to name a few other important skills). Empathy is especially important with vulnerable patients, the old and very young.

It strikes me that pediatricians are often very kind and pleasant doctors. They know how to ‘handle’ kids. GP’s also have to deal with kids a lot, but they’re often less patient and kind. At least that applies to our GP. I have had various issues with him, although never outspoken. He is a good doctor, but can be rude at times.

This is a funny story.

Once upon a time, we had to regularly visit our doctor, because my daughter, then 4 to 5 years old, had all kinds of small complaints.

Once she had (innocent) warts. He had to scrape them, but because my daughter found this painful, we had to pretreat the warts with EMLA plasters that numb the skin. I had to do that at home, but the plaster at the inner side of her knee had loosened after a half our walk to the doctor’s practice. He grumbled that I didn’t do it right and that I had to come back another time, meanwhile hard-handedly removing the other warts, forgetting half of them. My daughter didn’t enjoy the scrapings, the corners of her mouth trembling in her attempts not to cry.

After most of the warts had been removed, the doctor took a big flat box with all kinds of little presents, he obviously gave to children at the end of the ordeal.

“Here. You can choose a present!”

My daughter looked at all the minute presents, pondering which one to choose.

There were a lot of rings, with blue stones, red stones, pink stones. There were necklaces, little toys, games….

“Choose one”.

She choose a ring with a pink stone. But wait, that blue ring was nicer and she returned the ring with the pink stone .

But the little patience my doctor had was at an end.

He grabbed something from the box and put it into my daughter’s hand: “Here!”

It was a simple round cardboard with the most silly sheep drawing I have ever seen. With open mound my daughter received the present. Speechless she stared at the gift.

The doctor gestured we could leave the room. He apparently met his obligations with the gift.

With the door handle in my hand, I saw my daughter making a sudden turn. She took one last look at the sheep to throw it as an experienced pitcher straight at the doctor’s desk.

We heard a loud “Well, I never!”, when we left the room.

Added 2009-12-15:

Summary by Barbara at

Jacqueline at Laika’s MedLibLog captures the arachnoid spirit, giving her post a one word title: empathy. The post shows how much we long for care that considers more about who we are than our “chief complaint” often reveals. If Jacqueline had been in the mood to spin longer, she could have called this post, “What comes around, goes around!”
Hit the nail on the head, Barbara!

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“You are a lamb”, adapted from: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Friday Foolery #12: A Happy Twitter Song

20 11 2009

There are many Twitter Comics around, many showing the downside of Twitter (with a smile).

But here is a cheerful song, showing that on Twitter “one is loved, loved, loved”. Enjoy!

hattip: @2525 (Francisco van Jole on Twitter)

“No and I won’t stop Tweetin’ no more, no more……”

Friday Foolery #10. 6 x X-Rays

7 11 2009

“X-rays” were in the news this week, at least there was an illuminating exposure on Twitter. Here are 6 stories, half serious and half not so serious.

[1] First, voters have picked the X-ray machine as the most important scientific invention (objects in science, engineering, technology and medicine), in a poll to celebrate the centenary of the Science Museum in London. As a matter of fact medical inventions were in the top three places in the poll (1. X-ray machines 2. Penicillin and 3. DNA double helix), ahead of the Apollo 10 capsule (no. 4) and the steam engine (8).


[2] Margaret Daalman came to hospital complaining of stomach ache – and one glance at her X-ray showed why:  the 52-year-old woman’s stomach contained an entire canteen of cutlery. She had to go under the knife to remove the (78!) forks and spoons. (see fotos here) The woman told the doctors: ‘I don’t know why but I felt an urge to eat the silverware – I could not help myself.’ She was somewhat picky however, as she never ate knives.
The images were actually taken over 30 years ago, but they were published for the first time this week in a Dutch medical magazine. Yes the woman was Dutch. At least according to the Daily Mail…….

However, the actual story published as a case in Medisch Contact is somewhat different.They actually state below the article:

Mededeling redactie

Over deze casus is in de populaire media foutieve berichtgeving gaande. De in andere media opgevoerde ‘mw Daalmans’ heeft niets te maken met deze casus. Het betreft, in tegenstelling tot wat elders wordt beweerd ook geen casus van 30 jaar geleden.

Which means something like: in contrary to what has been stated by the popular press this case has nothing to do with Mrs Daalmans, nor did it happen 30 years ago.
In effect, the Daily Mail mentions both (?) Rotterdam and Sittard as towns where this should have taken place, but in Medisch Contact only Helmond was mentioned. The towns are far apart.

One wonders why, because the story is extraordinary enough.

Daily Mail:
Medisch Contact:

[3] An obese man died after refusing an X-ray taken in a machine for zoo animals because he was too large for the hospital’s X-ray machine, the maximum capacity of most hospital machines being around 200 kilo. Later his wife told that the man felt too humiliated to go to the zoo.

The Local (Germany news in English,

[4] Todays Friday Funny post of dr. Val at Better Health is Joyful Radiology or Merry X-Ray


Better Health:

[5] A special X-Ray: CAT-scan

4076270034_aa19e6dd2b cat-scan / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

[6] When both your arm and the X-ray are broken:

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomicCyanide & Happiness @

Ooh, I wonder whether the great number of X-ray related posts has something to do with the upcoming overlooked holiday: X-ray day (November 8th).

Can someone put the light off?

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Friday Foolery [2]. How to use your inhaler. NOT.

28 08 2009

For the first time seen on Allergynotes: “Compliance” or “Are you using your inhaler right.” I really had to laugh out loud when I saw it, and so did my daughter and husband.

Therefore I would like to share it with you.

Text with the video: As a doctor half the battle is figuring out if your patients are actually doing what you tell them. Here’s a prime example where Dr. House is trying so hard to be nice for the holidays….

If you’re looking for more serious posts on the matter, please see Allergynotes, another blog of Ves Dimov.

And House is also on the Dutch t.v. My daughter told me it is even one of her favorite series. I wouldn’t know, it was the first time I saw House. Most of my evenings are filled with Twitter, blogging or sports.

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Friday Foolery [1]: On Homeopathy, Nutritionists and Toothiologists

21 08 2009

Widely referred to on twitter, shown on the blog of drShock, and already cited in 2008

But for those who do not know the Irish standup comedian Dara Ó Briain or his Homeopathy & Nutritionists vs Real Science!” here is the video:

Some great oneliners:

  • (Hé but) “Science knows it doesn’t know anything, otherwise it would stop … That doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairytales”
  • “Homeopathy is water… You can’t overdose on us, but you can fucking drown in it”
  • “A dietitian is to a nutritionist as a dentist is to a toothiologist”

What does Dara Ó Briain mean with the latter?

Holford Watch, a (naughty) blog against about the “media nutritionist” Patrick Holford explained a while ago:

A ‘dietitian’ is a protected title, they need to be educated to a high level, etc., while anyone can call themselves a ‘nutritionist’. Dara drew a comparison with dentists: you have to meet certain, fairly stringent, criteria to call yourself a dentist or dietitian; anyone, though, can call themselves a toothiologist or nutritionist.

However, that Nutrionist is not a protected term is not entirely true. The title “nutritionist” is protected in Quebec, Alberta and Nova Scotia, as I learned from Wikipedia and Weighty Matters, the blog of Yoni Freedhoff, a Canadian Family doc and founder of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute.

Yoni is also not very fond of Nutritionists either. At his blog I found the (Funny Friday) video below about this profession. Made by Mitchell and Webb.

I also came across a video about homeopathy made by the same British comedians. Awesome.

Have a great weekend and be sure to take some Bach Flower Therapy to prevent your hangover. And remember, to take cocktails shaken not stirred with 1 ppm alcohol!


Shaken, not Stirred

Image by el patojo via Flickr

More Friday Foolery:

Dara Ó Briain: a dietitian is to a nutritionist as a dentist is to a toothiologis

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LoL: Stop Following Me!

28 06 2009

This picture is so cool.
First seen at ScienceRoll of Bertalan Mesko (@berci); this print is from a T-shirt of Zazzle.
More t-shirts and other prictures can be seen here


28 06 2009

The last few days various people on Twitter (first: DoNotGoGently) tweeted about a hilarious website: NCBI ROFL (

At first site this looks like a contradiction in terminis: NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information – that houses Pubmed) and ROFL (slang for Rolling On the Floor, Laughing). However, NCBI ROFL is exactly what it is: Rolling on the floor laughing about real scientific papers cited in PubMed. Hence the subtitle: “Real Articles, Funny Subjects”.

NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students. But everyone is invited to send in new ROFLs.

What are the articles everybody is ROFLing about? A few examples:

And what a coincidence. One of the first ROFL’s was the following:


Kinematic analysis of facial behaviour in patients with schizophrenia under emotional stimulation by films with “Mr. Bean”.Kinematic analysis of facial behaviour in patients with schizophrenia under emotional stimulation by films with “Mr. Bean”.

Top of the Tweets [3] – Elections, OmiGod!

15 04 2009

Twitter is a microblogging service initially meant as a place where people could answer the question “What are you doing?” via 140-character messages. But Twitter is more useful as a platform for breaking news, exchanging links, thoughts and views, and for social networking.

Twitter is particularly suited for oneliners that are funny or hit the mark. Below is my third selection of twitter oneliners that made me smile, grin or laugh. I hope you like them.

The first selection of tweets has to do with Elections. Although most may have lost some of their topicality they’re still catchy and funny.

The most important election was that of Obama (inauguration January 20).

Reed the tweets from down up and from left to right.Click the Figure to enlarge it.


Another historic election was the Medgadget competition, designed to showcase the best blogs from the medical blogosphere. Sandnsurf (Life in the fast Lane from Australia) and Laikas were finalists in the category Best New Medical Weblog of 2008.
Sandnsurf had some problems in the beginning: he couldn’t vote and, more importantly, he got few votes. But this was a typical example of “slow start, strong finish”: he won. In the meantime, Laikas was not very happy about how some votes were ‘won’.


And February 23 was the Oscar Contest. What is it with Australians and contests?


From OmiGod it doesn’t take many steps to the following tweets…..


……nor to the following, which are more in my own field:


You can find the first edition of Top of the Tweets here.

This series is inspired by the “Selection of My Twitter Favorites” of Ves Dimov at his “Clinical Cases and Images” blog.

SuperNews! Twouble with Twitters

22 03 2009

Via Twitter (@stephenfry and @ninjaboi) Check this out!
Hilarious. About the twitter phenomenon. Watch the failwhale!

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