A New Blog Carnival: Medlib’s Round

13 01 2009

I’ve participated in several Blog Carnivals in the field of Medicine (and hence called Grand Round). i.e. The Grand Round, the Dutch Grand Round (i.e. see here), and SurgeXperiences. Blog Carnivals are a regular compilation of the “best blogs in a certain area”, hosted by a different blogger each time.

I enjoy participating in a Grand Round, either as submitter or as hosts, and being a medical librarian, I asked myself, why aren’t there any medical blog carnivals around?

Participating in a blog carnival is easy and informative. Why should medical librarians do this? Because you get a quick overview of the best posts in the field of medical librarianship, you learn to know other librarians, you keep well informed about what is going on and you generate traffic to your site (both as a host and a submitter).

Finally librarians not having a blog or people not being medical librarians (health 2.0, web 2.0 people, doctors) might also be interested in getting a quick overview of a field that has their interest.

These are the facts/rules:

  • The Blog Carnival’s name is Medlib’s Round. Please let me now if you have a more original carnival title.
  • For the time being it is a once-monthly Grand Round. The publications are on Tuesday, the submissions are due at Saturdays 00.00 (Dutch Time), or 18.00 EST.
  • All submissions and the Grand Round itself should be written (at least partially) in English.
  • Whether there is a theme or not is up to the host. The advice though is not to be too strict and give a nice compilation.
  • The host posts a call for submissions as early as possible at his or her blog.
  • The schedule and the archive are listed on Laika’s Medliblog on a separate page here.
  • You can submit your post (the permalink) to the blog carnival here or mail the next host before the deadline
  • The first Grand Round (deadline February 7th) is at my place: Laika’s MedLibLog. The theme is rather loose: write about a subject that is close to your heart, whether it is about your patrons, education, PubMed, twitter …. whatever you find important.

What should you do now?

  • Tell me whether you like the idea or not and whether you want to join.
  • Write a post and submit it here (preferred) or mail me at laika dot spoetnik at gmail dot com. laika.spoetnik@gmail.com
  • Tell me whether you want to host a next edition: March*, April, May or June. (comment, mail,twitter)!!
  • Inform others that a Medlibrarian Grand Round is in the making.


We have a host for the March edition: Dragonfly. Thanks @aldricham

** For schedule see: medlibs-archive

*** Several librarians asked for a more extensive description. I will post this soon.

Grand Rounds 5.16: On Profit in medicine and other cool stuff!

6 01 2009

3046846192_fb1aed3ccbEdwin Leap has the honor to host the first Grand Round of 2009. The theme of this week is profit in medicine.

“The value, or detriment, of financial profit in health-care. From doctors to pharmaceutical companies, universities to insurers and everything in between; is profit good or bad?”

To summarize Edwin’s view, here is his concluding remark:

“Until we re-discover Hippocrates, and what he was saying all those years ago, we’ll just have to do one of two things: keep paying people lots of money, or learn to do without care. That’s the way I see it, anyhow!”

Although not everyone sticks strictly to the topic (or interprets profit like ‘value’, as I did) it has become a very interesting round again with many posts touching the theme in one way or another.

Next Round will be will be hosted by Barbara Kivowitz at “In Sickness and in Health“.

Foto Credit: Adrianclarkmbbs – Flickr CC

Old Year/New Year Dutch Grand Ground – Grote visite 1.10

31 12 2008


Welcome to the OLD YEAR/NEW YEAR edition of the ‘grote visite’ or Dutch Grand Rounds.

The theme of this Grand Round is past (what has been, history), present (hot news) and future (what to expect, wish, foresee).

We ring out the Old Year with two excellent posts of the dedicated bloggers and initiators of the Dutch Grand Round Jan Martens of MedBlog.nl and Dr. Shock of Dr Shock MD PhD

Jan Martens writes about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Historical Research. As some of you might know (I didn’t) Jan is conducting a historical research about the use of electricity and magnetism in psychiatry. Here he is focussing on video’s of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. He searched Youtube with “transcranial magnetic stimulation” and only found a handful of interesting modern videos, but no old videos of guinea pigs in a magnetic stimulator -which he had hoped for. He would be most obliged if you could help him out with historical videos or other information about TMS.
Dr Shock has already responded to his request, but has found no older video’s. Perhaps youtube is to young for historical video’s, but I can also imagine that researchers are reluctant to show guinea pig experiments to the general public.

Dr Shock MD PhD presents Dr Shock’s popular posts from 2008 and a look ahead for 2009. Dr. Shock wonders whether the popularity of his two most popular posts this year (at least according WordPress Blog Stats), i.e. Sex, Video Games and the Brain and How much Chocolate is Good for your Health? is mainly based on the title and keywords (or the picture? –see his post). He also gives an overview of other top posts and the posts he found the most pleasurable to write. This was a post about empathy in the doctor patient relationship, part of a series about patient doctor relationship and it’s different aspects such as education, self-disclosure to name a few as well the post Why do psychiatrists like detectives?
I share his idea that the most popular posts are not always the posts you enjoyed yourself the most and vice versa. I often wonder why some posts become popular and others don’t.

Dr Shock intends to focus more on the developments of health 2.0 and medical education in the coming year 2009. He made a first step this year to become member of the tweeple community at twitter. A useful community, isn’t it @DrShock?

Dr Shock also asks us which of his posts we enjoyed the most. I think the unanimous answer is: “We like them all, it is the mix”.

Please visit Dr Shock’s blog to read more.

That concludes this edition. Or perhaps it concludes the Dutch Grand Round…….

I took a look at the carnival submission form, but found no new rounds planned, perhaps because a new scheme is still to be made, or perhaps because it will end here and now….

I do hope the Dutch Grand round will be continued, because there are enough good Dutch medical bloggers around. The question is why just few of them actively contribute to this round? Hopefully 2009 will bring a change.

Photo credit: loesenlodewijk Flickr Creative Commons

Grand Round 5.15 at Moneduloides. At the interface of evolution and medicine.

30 12 2008

The theme for the old year/new year Grand Round was not an easy one: “At the interface of evolution and medicine“. This theme was chosen to celebrate the coming bicentenary of Darwin’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species.


“Coming from the perspective of an individual who conducts medical research in evolutionary genetics, I have found that very few people outside of the world I work have been exposed to all of the ways evolutionary biology interfaces with medicine. My hope is that with this edition of Grand Rounds those who have not yet been exposed to this topic become, at the very least, sufficiently intrigued.”

Although there are less submissions than usual, the subject has been well covered by several bloggers. It has certainly triggered me to learn more about evolutionary biology and the implications on (clinical) medicine.

You can read the elaborate summaries at Moneduloides post here.

Interested in what Moneduloides means: it is derived from Corvus moneduloides, a crow species and the only non-primate animal known to invent new tools by modifying existing ones. Want to get a glimpse of Moneduloides, then read this article (“Evolutionary Biology Offers Glimpse Into Medicine’s Future”) in today’s Medscape Today!

Next Round is at Edwin Leap’s site.

Grand Round 5.14 at ‘Highlight Health’

24 12 2008

This week’s Grand Round is up at Highlight Health of Walter Jessen.

Subscribe with RSSBesides of giving an overview of the this week’s medical blogposts Walter has also set up email and RSS subscriptions for a number of credible, rotating health and medicine blog carnivals, including THE Grand Round.
In addition there is an aggregate feed to all eight carnivals.

Grand Rounds Upcoming Schedule can also be consulted at: blogborygmi.blogspot.com.

The New Years Edition of Grand Rounds is being hosted by Moneduloides on December 30th.

Dutch Grand Round. Old Year, New Year Call for Submissions.

22 12 2008

The Dutch Grand Round (De Grote Visite) is a rotating blogcarnival of Dutch medical blog posts.

Presently Dutch Grand Round 1.9 is up at Health Management RX of Jen McGabe Gorman

Laika’s MedLibLog will be Hosting the next Dutch Grand Rounds (1.10) on December 30th!

Since December 30th is on the edge of the old and new year, I would like this edition to focus on the past (what has been, history) and the present (hot news) and the future (what to expect, wish, foresee).

I will not restrict myself to inclusion of Dutch posts on medical, health and fitness: any post on Dutch health care, Dutch medicine 2.0 or Dutch scientific/clinical papers will be considered for inclusion as well. Whether it is about van Leeuwenhoek or the Dutch EHR. So, writers from abroad I hope you do feel inspired!

Do not feel constrained by this theme, however. Each article is reviewed on its own merit.

Submissions are due by Sunday, December 28st at 12.00 am (Dutch time). (06.00 pm EST).

You can submit your articles through Blog Carnival or by email at (laika dot spoetnik at gmail dot com – without spaces; well check the figure).

I look forward to your submissions! Have a nice Christmas!!!


nl vlag NL flagDe Grote Visite is een twee-wekelijkse ronde langs de medische blogs van Nederlandse bodem of ze nu in het Nederlands of het Engels geschreven zijn.

Terwijl de huidige grote visite (enigzins verlaat) te lezen is op Health Management RX van Jen McGabe Gorman, kondig ik alvast aan, dat

Laika’s MedLibLog gastvrouwe is van de volgende Grote visite (1.10). Deze staat gepland op 30 December!

Omdat 30 december op het scheidingsvlak staat van het oude en het nieuwe jaar, leek me dit een prima moment voor een voor en een achteruitblik:

Wat was belangwekkend (op medisch/gezondheidsgebied) in het verleden (mag ver voor 2008, maar ook recent), of wat zijn de verwachtingen, vooruizichten, wensen voor de toekomst?

Niet alleen Nederlanders mogen meedoen, het mag ook gaan OVER nederlanders/nederlandse gezondheidszorg, ontdekkingen, publicaties.

Ik zal me niet streng aan het thema houden. Elk ingediend stuk wordt op zijn eigen merites beoordeeld.

Indiening voor Zondag a.s. 28 December om 12.00 am. (06.00 pm EST).

U kunt uw artikelen via het Blog Carnival indienen of via email: laika punt spoetnik at gmail punt com – zonder spaties (zie figuur).

Ik kijk uit naar uw bijdragen. Een fijne Kerst alvast, allemaal!!

Grand Round 5.13 at ‘A Chronic Dose’

16 12 2008

This week’s Grand Round is up at A Chronic Dose.

best-medical-postsSince the end of 2008 is in sight, Laurie Edwards theme was “the best of 2008”.

So, please send along what you think is your “best” post of the year…and why. Whether it’s your funniest post, the one that was the hardest to write or stirred up the most dialogue, or touched on a topic that really matters to you, etc, I want to see it.

I found it difficult to choose which one was ‘best’. There really is not ONE particular best post, it is the mix. So I submitted 3 posts and let Laurie decide. Want to see what she selected and get an overview of the best medical blogpost over 2008, then visit Laurie’s grand round here.

Highlight Health will host next week’s edition.

Grand Rounds Archive & Upcoming Schedule can be consulted at: blogborygmi.blogspot.com.

Furthermore a RSS-feed has been made to the Grand Round by Marshall Kirkpatrick.

Here’s the feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/GrandRoundsFeed, but you can also to subscribe by email (see form here)

Dutch Grand Round 1.8: Grote Visite 1.8

2 12 2008

The 8th Dutch Grand Round (Grote Visite) is up at Medliblog (see here).
Jan took the initiative to start the Dutch Grand Round (together with Dr Shock) and it’s the second time Jan hosts it.

In it short history this is the shortest Dutch Grand Round ever (2 3 contributions). We really need more contributions to keep continuing this Round.
A 3rd (Dutch) contribution was send in by Marjolein Fermie: activiteitenprogramma in een verpleeghuis.

You can still visit the previous round hosted by Marjolein Fermie. She summarized 11 posts (including 3 submissions)

Next grand rounds will be hosted by Health Management RX (@Jenmccabegorman on twitter). You can submit your articles before december 14th through the Blogcarnival (or directly to Jen, look at her site for details)

Grand Round 5.11 at Mexico Medical Student

2 12 2008

straussThis week’s Grand Round is up at Mexico Medical Student. Again with a music theme but now a rather heavy musical topic: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) by Richard Strauss. This music piece fits in well with healthcare (Death and end-of-life issues), the topic of this round (renewal, metamorphosis, change, transformation) and with what Enrico has gone through this last year (read his post here).

It is a very nice and well written Grand Round with a personal touch. (Detail: Enrico is the first Grand Rand Host to call me Jacqueline instead of Laika or whatever.)

Sharpbrains is hosting Grand Rounds on December 9th. For details, click here.

Grand Rounds Archive & Upcoming Schedule can be consulted at: blogborygmi.blogspot.com.

Furthermore a RSS-feed has been made to the Grand Round by Marshall Kirkpatrick.

Here’s the feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/GrandRoundsFeed, but you can also to subscribe by email (see form here)

By the way Marshall needs some volunteers to keep it going.

Grand Round 5.9 at Dr Deb’s

19 11 2008

This week’s Grand Round is up at Dr Deb. She made figuratively and literally a very swinging Round, by putting the post into several playlists, including a medical, a mental health and a patient playlist. You can read them while listening to real music: Doctor my eyes etc.

medical-playlist1Canadian Medicine is hosting Grand Rounds on November 25. For details, click here.

Grand Rounds Archive & Upcoming Schedule can be consulted at: blogborygmi.blogspot.com.

Election Day at Grand Rounds 5.7

4 11 2008

Grand Round is now up at Nurseratchedsplace of Mother Jones, RN.

This Round, called Election Day at Grand Rounds doesn’t only give a great wrap up of this week’s medical blogposts, but also reviews the health history of former presidents. According To Mother Jones:

“The President of the United States has a few things in common with people like Joe the Plumber. From time to time, everyone gets sick and needs to see a doctor. I remember when George H.W. Bush vomited all over a Japanese Prime Minister during a state dinner. And we all remember the attempt on Ronald Regan’s life. Whatever happens, the president’s physician stands ready to care for their famous patient and members of the First Family.225px-john_f_kennedy_white_house_color_photo_portrait

My blogpost on the importance of early intervention in Addisonian crises is introduced by the story of President J.F. Kennedy who

“started taking steroids to treat colitis. This caused many long-term side effects that haunted him for the rest of his life. Kennedy suffered from Addison disease as well as chronic back pain possibly related to weakened bones caused by steroid use.”

The latter would also have fit with a previous post on Addison’s Disease showing that part of the Addison Diseases are iatrogenic, caused by treatment with high doses of corticosteroids.

For the complete review of all this week’s medical blogs ànd of presidential diseases please visit Election Day at Grand Rounds. Great Job, Mother Jones!

Who missed the previous Grand Round, well it passed by with the speed of light. Hurry up. You might catch up if you take the emergiblog speedway here.

Next Week Grand Round will be up at Musings of a Distractible Mind. Here you can find details how to submit your post.

Dutch Grand Round 1.6: Grote Visite 1.6

4 11 2008

The 6th Dutch Grand Round (Grote Visite) is up at Dr. Shock (see here).
It’s the second time Dr Shock hosts the Dutch Grand Round.

This Grand Round is a rather complete wrap up of the Dutch medical blogosphere as Dr. Shock does not confine himself to the official Grand Round submissions, but also summarizes his own choice of other interesting Dutch posts.
Many Dutch Medblog Posts are written in English, so it may still be worth while to read most posts if you don’t understand Dutch.

The next grand will be at De gezondheidszorg leuker en effectiever of Marjolein Fermie. You can post your entries for the next Grote Visite at the Blog Carnival (here).

Grand Rounds 5.5

21 10 2008

This week’s Next Grand Rounds is now up at Pallimed.

As I said last week: “Each week the grand rounds seem to get larger and larger. Fascinating how the hosts manage to present it in a digestible way”.

The present host Christian Sinclair, MD has an original solution for it. He made two different sections, one in the main post and one in the comments to

“get back to the heart of what I think Grand Rounds is meant to be. The best of the blogosphere per the host that week.” “I did not want to feel like an automaton transposing links into a link farm.

Although there are two sections all blogpost are included (see here).

Next week’s Grand Round will be hosted by Kim at Emergiblog.

Grote Visite 1.5 (Dutch Grand Round)

21 10 2008

Welcome to the October 21, 2008 edition of ‘grote visite’ or Dutch Grand Rounds.

This week there were 6 submissions to the blog carnival, only 2 of which were genuine (Dutch/health-related/not-commercial/no-spam).

Jan Martens of MedBlog.nl refers to an interesting article on Reuters about teleradiology and remote medicine. During the night shift medical images of patients in for instance the United States and Singapore are sent for appraisal to Indian radiologists because of lower costs and shortage of staff at night. Jan gives various examples of other interesting applications, but wonders whether this kind of telemedicine will be easily implemented in the Netherlands.

I know what lumpers and splitters are, but I’m not familiar with lurkers. As explained by Dr Shock MD PhD, with respect to online support groups, posters are the ones actively engaged by sending postings, and lurkers the ones that use online support groups in a passive way. Dr Shock summarizes recent research, revealing that participation in an online support group had the same overall profound effect on lurkers’ self-reported feelings of being empowered as it had on posters. Please read more details about the research at Dr. Shock’s excellent post Lurkers in Health 2.0, Do They Benefit?”

By the way, Dr Shock has many other recent interesting posts as well and has an international reputation as medical blogger. For instance Pallimed hosting this week Grand Round refers to dr Shock as follows:

Dr. Shock consistently comes up with some very interesting journal articles. I really appreciated his take on impact of medical student biases towards patients with mental illness. So you may read that one as well!


Below are my own choices from blogs form the Dutch medical blogosphere. I hope it will inspire other Dutch Medical Bloggers to participate more actively in the Dutch Grand Rounds.

The blog Health Management Rx of Jenn McCabe Gorman is already reviewed in another blog carnival, i.e.Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival Edition #33.

People from SugarStats talked with Jennifer McCabe Gorman, one of Health 2.0’s most ‘visible’ online evangelist as they called her. By the way Jennifer wants you to know that her blog, Health Management Rx, is not dead. The reason her posts have been slow is because she is intensively preparing for Health 2.0: User-Generated Healthcare conference, which will be held in San Francisco, California from October 22nd – 23rd 2008.host

Of course we already knew that Health Management Rx was not dead, because Jenn hosted the previous Dutch Grand Round.

Many other Dutch Bloggers are also heavily involved in health 2.0, and many of them are also on Twitter. For instance apart from Jenn: @mdbraber (also in San Fransisco at the moment), @martijnhulst of martijnhulst.nl, @Zorg20 of www.azo.nl (Acute Zorgregio Oost) and @fackeldeyfinds of fackeldeyfinds.com.

October 10th, most of these twitterers were attending the master thesis presentation of Maarten Den Braber (mdbraber) about the value of business models for hospitals, either live in Enschede or virtually (livestreaming!). Interested in this subject? You can find the links to the final document and the powerpoint he used for his presentation on this blogpost.

Below are some excerpts from other MEDNL-blogs, all in Dutch

A previous host of de Grote Visite, Marjolein Fermie of “De gezondheidszorg leuker en effectievergives a short overview of what makes working (in Healthcare) fun.
Another C3-log-ger, Frank Wolterink reflects about franchising health using the same franchise methods as fast-food chain McDonald’s (and others). Very aptly called: ‘Franchising Health Instead of French Fries’ in another (english) post on delivering health care.
Bettinepluut discusses the new “zorgplan” and wonders whether this will really improve the living environment of patients

At A day in the life of a shrink there is a very interesting post on “the” critical care physicians of today, who completely rely on scans and lab results without physical examining and sometimes without even having real contact with the patient. Apart from unnecessary long waiting for some diagnosis (i.e. prominent pancreas cancer metastases felt instantly), this can make the patient feel very lonely. People aren’t numbers!

This blog has numerous posts on music, as has Vrouwmenszorg.web-log, a very nice diary-like blog of a family physician. From Music (Pink Floyd, In a gadda da vida, Child in Time: my style!) and beautiful photo’s to ‘a day in the life of’: “No, don’t dial 911 for an ambulance, but take a taxi and see your doctor first”. Sometimes she writes for Paramedic WorldWide.

Wonder what Vrouwmenszorg or Paramedic Worldwide would think of my previous post on (acute) care (for Addison patients). Apparently paramedics are allowed to give infusions to diabetic patients with a hypo. Read the story “met gillende sirene door de stad” (here) about a young diabetic who hurries too much (and eats too little) on the first day of his new job.

Another colorful blog on acute care, music and personal matter is 100% Mike. One of his post begins with mentioning a very special legacy of his mother: ice creams she won in a contest. The same night an elderly woman came in for a paracetamol, but had to stay for pneumonia and lung embolisms.

Another blog about acute care, from an emergency nurse: ECGreetje. Easy to digest information on hobbies (shopping) and acute (heart) care. Here latest post is on the (recently published) positive effect of the song Stayin’ Alive of the Bee Gees on heart resuscitation, not only because of the text but more so because of the beat, which is exactly the rhythm one should use for a successful resuscitation attempt: ~103 beast per minute. ECGreetje, however, is afraid that she will start dancing when listening to this song.


The Quack (and the Scream) from http://forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com/

The provocative physicians Dr. Lutser and Creiptocheilus keep on ranting against (alternative) QUACK. Dr Lutser, who takes a blog pause for a while, is highly surprised that the advocate of the controversial anti-cancer “medicine” DCA (Dichloroacetic acid), Wim Huppes, does not use this or any other alternative medicine himself, now his cancer has returned.

Cryptocheilus mentions at his blog that he has been banned from the forum of the tv program TROS-RADAR, because he was considered too offensive against mister Braam, another ‘healer’. “C’est la ton qui fait la musique”, perhaps? Good reasoning convinces more than ranting. In his earlier post, Cryptocheilus shows some examples of selective use of evidence and ‘misinterpretation’ of a Cochrane Review by Braam. Pitty that Tros-Radar only hears the tone, without understanding the text.

Finally, clinical librarian and second life specialist Guus den Brekel of DigiCMB has some interesting post on SL, for instance about how to spend an $60,000 grant for a project entitled “AIDS Information and Outreach in the Virtual World of Second Life”. He also gives a nice overview of customizabe-widgets, i.e. for blogs, technology and education.

Liked the review of your post? Would have liked a review of your post? Like to read (some of the) posts? Then Huize Sonnendael, MedBlog, Patient en EPD, Man in de Zorg, Sister Nightfall, Zorglog, Ervaringen met een verpleeghuis, Cees Sterk, Zorg voor klanten, Manager zorg vertelt, Club Confabula, Over ZN, Zo! Communicatie, Ouderenzorg in de nieuwe werkelijkheid, De gezonde patient, Medisch Contact, Huntingtondaily.web-log.nl, MediGO, MaCoAd, Verpleeghuisarts.web-log.nl, Aria Rad, Herre Kingma, Metabool.web-log.nl, Werken in de zorg, Fontys Mediatheek, Ambupleeg, Weblog voor fysiotherapeuten, Verpleegkundige, Dokter Rob, Trimbos Online 2011, Pekke.nl, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Zorggemak.nl en Bas Leerink’s Blog as well as and some of the abovementioned bloggers become a lurker too, or perhaps a poster!

Contributing is very simple, just copy the link to the post that you would like to submit here (the blogcarnival).

Just want to read: the next carnival will be hosted November 4th at Dr Shock MD PhD.

Please contribute to the upcoming Dutch Grand Rounds, so we can advocate health blogs in the Netherlands and keep informed about each other work! Mag ook in het Nederlands, hoor! Graag zelfs!