Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Stories: Blood Pressure, Horse Whisperers, and Booze.

Dr. Julian Tudor Hart's Rapid Response in the BMJ on why treating mildly elevated diastolic blood pressure is unnecessary is perhaps the best Rapid Response to any journal article I've ever read.

The Horse Whisperer's author Nicholas Evans writes of his experience with deadly mushrooms in the BMJ and in so doing does a great job of laying to rest the notion that everything that grows in the ground does so for humankind's benefit. Natural doesn't necessarily mean good.

Cambridge's David Nutt asks whether or not alcohol would be legal were it only discovered today?

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  1. dearieme7:36 pm

    "David Nutt is currently the Edmond J. Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Imperial College London."

    Not Cambridge, then.

  2. Alison Thomas7:53 pm

    Yoni, as a hemodialysis nurse it is very insightful to read the BMJ articles and the patients' take on their experiences. It makes me realize yet again how healthcare professionals need to periodically do a reset by trying to understand exactly how we are perceived and as a result try to make it easier, if that is possible. I think we can always do a better job no matter what area of healthcare.
    Thanks for sharing this.