Right now, the 2008-2009 US medical school application cycle is substantially underway. I've submitted applications to a number of allopathic programs, and in the hopes of receiving interview invitations and then making a positive impression, I'd like some recommendations on books to brush up on commonly asked topics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 19, 2008 -
I am trying to find an excellent neurologist for my Mom in Omaha, NE. I have been doing research with little success. Are sites like HealthGrades
worth the money? Are there any other ways that I can research a doctor's background and perhaps read reviews on them? [more inside]
posted by Ostara
on Sep 11, 2008 -
I have a minor psychiatric issue and I'd like to go see a professional. Question about picking one. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic
on Sep 8, 2008 -
What are the underlying processes occurring during an orgasm that are the biological causes of the pleasurable sensation we associate with it? Is the sensation of orgasm a function of the nervous system, or is it something neurochemical in the brain, or both, or neither? Is the reason that certain masturbatory and/or sexual acts feel good because of nerve concentration in the erogenous areas, or is it something different or more in nature? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Sep 2, 2008 -
I am seeing my doctor tomorrow about quitting smoking. I have tried quitting so many times I can no longer keep count. But nicotine has this tremendous hold on me. I have smoked for almost four years and would like to see my 29th birthday as a turning point. What questions should I be asking my doctor and what questions should I be prepared to answer?
posted by parmanparman
on Aug 25, 2008 -
Pilots and medical personnel: Exactly why are cell phones and wireless devices prohibited at takeoff/landings and in ICUs (etc.). Are there known
consequences on certain equipment? And why, precisely, are microwaves bad for pacemaker wearers? I'm interested in knowing exactly what mechanisms are/could be affected, how and why. [more inside]
posted by spock
on Aug 13, 2008 -
US doctor question: do general practitioners practice real diagnosis anymore? Every doctor my wife and I have gone to in the past ten years has turned out to be incompetent or disinterested in doing more than the bare minimum. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic
on Aug 11, 2008 -
Earlier this week I witnessed a pedestrian/car accident while traveling in Calcutta, India. A boy was pinned between two vehicles and his leg is badly injured. [warning] Here is a photo
of his leg a few days later. His care is deficient as best and I am looking for advice and suggestions. Inside is an excerpt from my blog
where you can find the full story, including known medications administered.
posted by maya
on Aug 8, 2008 -
I'm looking for tips on organizing personal medical records and information, assuming a chronic or complicated health problem. Things like X-rays and MRI discs, blood test results, prescriptions, notes taken during appointments with the doctor, notes made on non-appointment days about symptoms, medical history, insurance policies and bills, therapies tried and discontinued... what are great ways to keep it all organized, for ease of use (and consistent record-keeping) both for the patient and his care partners?
posted by xo
on Aug 5, 2008 -
Are expensive, precautionary tests for health preventive maintenance an abuse of the medical system? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Aug 4, 2008 -
I'm about to begin work at a medical device company (as a paralegal) and would like an introductory book on the subject. I've scoured Amazon, but haven't found anything that's a general overview, with chapters on history, business climate, FDA and regulatory issues, litigation -- just a smattering of everything, with perhaps emphasis on legal / regulatory. Most books are more specialized. Or are there websites or white papers along these lines? Recommendations, please!
posted by nancoix
on Aug 1, 2008 -
Are medical schools in the Caribbean a respectable alternative to the traditional route of going to school in the US?
posted by SeizeTheDay
on Jul 30, 2008 -
Traveling to Haiti in a few months with a medical missions org.
Looking for books or authors that give a good analysis of the social, political, historical, and cultural background of the country.
posted by anonymous
on Jul 28, 2008 -
I'm trying to find a CD with quality clipart / illustrations of nothing but the human digestive system. I've found a lot of CD's that offer general medical imagery, but nothing that has ONLY the digestive system. I've found some sites that offer individual images, but most of these are at least $200 per image. Anyone know of a cheaper source?
posted by richmondparker
on Jul 22, 2008 -
What is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act)? How does it protect an individual in terms of Doctors and medical conditions that , say, an employer might ask.
Does it protect your privacy?
posted by cvoixjames
on Jun 24, 2008 -
Several months after her last visit to physical therapy, my fiancee was informed that her health insurance company won't pay for the last two months of it because they didn't think it was "medically necessary". Even if she upheld all her obligations, including co-pays every visit, is she liable for these charges? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by Sloben
on Jun 15, 2008 -
My girlfriend's parents have been told that they may develop 森林脑炎 -- a Chinese disease which seems to be similar to Lyme disease.
Can you help me find out what this is called in English, so I can find out how serious a condition this is? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Wondering if anyone on the threads has any experience with civilian medical jobs for the military or could point to a resource on the web where people might discuss this. [more inside]
posted by dougiedd
on Jun 8, 2008 -
How do I go about choosing an orthopedist to monitor my adult scoliosis? Any personal recommendations in the Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Jun 5, 2008 -
My friend is going on a 2-week vacation in the Netherlands starting tomorrow night. Her brother did something to his knee a couple of days ago and they're worried that it'll need more medical attention later. What's medical care like for tourists in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer
on May 30, 2008 -
What is the relationship between the age of a consumed raw egg and the risk of food poisoning, and what factors influence it - in general, but also specifically to salmonella? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on May 15, 2008 -
I'm a 25 year old fella looking for a good general practitioner in Austin. "Good" doesn't mean someone who will medicate me with whatever I want and send me on my way, but someone who pays attention to his patients and their needs. Preferably north, but it's not a deal breaker. I'll mostly be going for chronic headaches, if that makes any difference either. Suggestions?
posted by Roman Graves
on May 4, 2008 -
Health insurance options for 65-year-old diabetic in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by Koko
on May 1, 2008 -
Medical Filter. Recently (in the past month or so), one of my legs seems to have either grown longer than the other one, or one has shrunk. [more inside]
posted by billysumday
on Apr 17, 2008 -
Does anyone remember this traumatizing medical foundation advertisement from the '80s? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr
on Apr 16, 2008 -
What is the name of that antique metal disc that doctors used to wear on their foreheads? AnitanitaBoyfriend just shared that doctors used to use it to hear heartbeats by pressing the disc against the chest. But he doesn't know the name. My googlefu is not strong enough, so I turn to the collective wisdom of the group.....
posted by anitanita
on Apr 9, 2008 -
For all you current and former medical school students out there: what one song defined your experience in medical school - especially year one. I'm looking for the song that has meaning but also a bit of tongue-in-cheek built in. It's the song you came up with on the back side of a marathon study session (while delirious). Does such a song exist?
posted by stuboo
on Apr 3, 2008 -
MysteryNovelFactFilter: I'm reading a mystery novel and the protagonist triumphantly announced she knew who did it because a) the victim broke his neck after a long fall and b) the police revealed this info to her. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
posted by arnicae
on Mar 29, 2008 -
Will the Korean doctor rob me blind?? Here's the long and short of it... my father is the doctor that pioneered tumescent liposuction. he teaches his techniques to other doctors on a regular basis and manufactures the tools and equipment involved with the procedure.
Recently, a doctor from Korea, I'll call him Dr. Lee, took my father's course and liked it so much that he expressed an interest in teaching the course in Korea and to sell my fathers products in his courses. My father is very interested, but feels concerned that he must submit all of his technical files to Dr. Lee so that he can submit them in an application to the Korean FDA for approval. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein
on Mar 27, 2008 -
I am working on a book plot that relies on some members of a family developing depression and erratic behavior. I need ideas for an environmental cause of such behavior inside their home. [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe
on Mar 16, 2008 -
Help me find this website with a collection of odd, bizarre medical cases [more inside]
posted by ArchBr
on Mar 7, 2008 -
I am trying to figure out how to get treatment for my ADHD, but I am afraid that if I see a doctor now then I won't be able to afford treatment in the future... please help me understand my options, and how co-pays work!
It's a bit long inside, sorry! [more inside]
posted by allen8219
on Mar 3, 2008 -
Is it possible to add an extension to a chair back to make it four or five inches taller? [more inside]
posted by Clay201
on Feb 25, 2008 -
Whatever happened to people emitting enough toxic fumes from their bodies to clear an operating or emergency room? I remember seeing news reports on this multiple times in the 1990s, but haven't heard anything since. [more inside]
posted by krisak
on Feb 22, 2008 -
My doc thinks I have a herniated disc at c5-6, and wants to operate does anyone have experience with this injury and if so, could you tell me a bit about it. [more inside]
posted by bernsno
on Feb 19, 2008 -