About Dr Shock
Posts by Walter van den Broek:
Flu Symptoms and Diagnosis: Learn the common symptoms of the flu and how it can be diagnosed.
an innovative curriculum on influenza created by former medical student Kelsey Hills-Evans, MD, now an internal medicine resident at Harvard. Her online videos, such as the one above (which is the first in the series), are accessible not only to Flu Crew’s student participants but the public at large.
You can watch the videos at the Kahn Academy
The videos are all under 5 minutes. You can read an email interview with the creator Hills Evans at Stanford Medicine Scope
they put together some really amazing videos explaining everything from the basics of influenza to common misconceptions and fears that people have about the flu vaccine. They deserve all of the credit for the idea and execution of the project.
Aviation and medicine are two professions where the hierarchy that exists can make it particularly difficult for those lower down the pecking order to speak out.
One of the ways airlines are trying to reduce potentially fatal errors occurring is to use psychological techniques to break down that hierarchical structure and encourage people at all levels to highlight if something is about to go wrong – and medicine is starting to follow suit.
Read the full article on BBC News here.
I came across an impressive poem through an interpretation of the poem in the British Journal of General Practice.
After the arc of ECT
and the blunt concussion of pills,
they gave him lithium to cling to—
the psychiatrist’s stone.
A metal that floats on water,
must be kept in kerosene,
can be drawn into wire.
(He who had jumped in the harbor,
burnt his hair off,
been caught hanging from the light.)
He’d heard it was once used
to make hydrogen bombs,
but now was a coolant for nuclear reactors,
so he broke out of hospital barefoot
and walked ten miles to meet me in the snow.
Stammers, T. (2014). Poems in practice British Journal of General Practice, 64 (619), 93-93 DOI: 10.3399/bjgp14X677211
So now and then I write about my workflow. Since email is the most important reason for diversion of my attention and often hard to handle due to the enormous amount of emails. This enormous amount of emails mostly caused by no or little email etiquette by some. Even email rules only helps a little. Even thought of ditching email altogether.
Some emails are important since they are tasks, other emails do have important attachments. Some should be linked to an event in my calendar.
Since years I’m used to work with “Getting Things Done” (GTD) principles. I tried several solutions to implement GTD in a workflow with the least different software programs. Tried it solely with Evernote, the secret weapon. It was almost the ultimate solution until IQTELL came to my attention.
IQTELL has everything in one app. You can convert emails to actions, assign them to projects and calendar events. Evernote is tightly integrated for reference material en inbox.It has a web app, as well as iphone and ipad, and android app.
In short it brings together email, evernote, calendar, actions and projects all in one app. Been using the last couple of years and finally found the right solution for my workflow. The video above is just one of many to show and instruct how to use IQTELL and they have quick support.
This is the title of an impressive documentary of treatment with Electroshock or ECT. Three patients are portrayed as they’re being treated with Electro Shock Therapy (ECT) for their depressions. This documentary was made by Saskia Gubbels and her crew.
‘There will come a moment when I decide to lie down in the snow to die. Because living like this isn’t much of a life. It really isn’t. It’s death.’
These are the opening words of Lidwine in the documentary ‘0.8 Amps of Happiness.’ Severely depressed and suicidal, she has tried everything to break free from the downward spiral she finds herself trapped in. Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT), popularly known as electroshock therapy, is her last resort. This therapy is often effective but has long encountered deep-rooted prejudice and fear. Director Saskia Gubbels intimately portrays three people who undergo electroshock therapy. She captures how depression has completely taken over their lives and those of their families and friends. Will they manage to escape the darkness of depression or psychosis? Will this treatment give them back just a tiny shred of their former state of happiness they so long for?
They also made an English version. I hope they will release it after the first broadcast on Dutch television by NCRV Dokument (NPO2) on February 2nd 2015 at 20:25
Our brains are very good at explaining from being hyper attentive putting things together for avoiding harmful situations.
Nice video, learn about magical thinking, palindrome, pareidolia and biases such as the selection bias, confirmation bias.
These last two are not very strange to doctors especially those seasoned in clinical reasoning.
Excellent video explaining depression from a neurobiological perspective.
Around one in every 10 people will suffer from depression. Brain regions that control mood are often disrupted in depression. Antidepressant drugs or behavioral therapy can offer some relief. By understanding the brain better, our ability to treat depression should also get a boost.
Watch the video to learn about the neural circuits affected in depression, and the molecular and cellular changes that might hold the key to treating it. Created by the editors at Nature Neuroscience: http://www.nature.com/neuro/index.html