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Grand Rounds 3.25

It’s my honor to host this week’s Grand rounds, the weekly rotating carnival of the best of the medical blogosphere. Medical students think alike: in preparing for this edition I came across an earlier Monty Python theme, The Holy Grail of GR at The Rumors Were True. Now, I decided to use some medicine and health care related Monty Python videos to provide funny moments while reading all the nearly 60 submitted articles.

I hope you’re going to enjoy this edition. Let’s start with one of my favourite subjects: from prenatal care to childhood. Also don’t miss the Python’s hospital sketch about a childbirth below:

  • Hsien Hsien Lei at Genetics and Health writes about Dr. Rav Dhallan of Ravgen and shares her thoughts on prenatal testing.
  • Health Observances blog examines the economic impact of birth defects, or the folic acid awareness.
  • Tales from the Womb presents Baby Toby Saga, a collaborative mini-series created with Dream Mom. The idea was to pilot a new form of short story on the blogosphere between a physician and a patient. Don’t miss any of the chapters.
  • Healthy Children’s post, Enhance Your Kids with Drugs, Machines, and Perfect Genes asks parents: which group will they choose for their kids: the enhanced or the ordinary?
  • Dr. Wes talks about a headline story, the relationship between trans fat and milk (Milk Might Be Harmful to Children).

Let’s continue with many bloggers’ main subject, diet from several aspects:

Mr. Gumby, in the Python video below, can’t find a nurse, but we always find the best posts of our favourite nurse bloggers:

Posts on Diabetes care:

Before watching a video on a hospital in which the doctors relax and the patients do all of the work, let’s see the usual health care section:

  • Dr. David Erani at asks the big question: is death penalty disproportionately used against the poor?
  • Kevin, M.D. (1 doctor for 18,000 patients) and Universal Health (From Zero To Infinity And Beyond) both posted on military healthcare.
  • According to the Health Business Blog, Senators still seem to be missing the point on generic biologics.
  • Doc in the Machine describes new FDA programs which try to track drug safety and share data with the public.
  • MSSP Nexus Blog examines patient safety and mentions a book on how to build a safer health system.
  • Susan Palwick at Rickety contrivances of doing good is a volunteer ED chaplain and has written a post about the frustration of dealing with inappropriate parenting in the ED.
  • Transplant Headquarters tells us how to look up a transplant center.
  • A true story from The wait and the Wonder blog on miscommunication. For over 3 months, she thought her daughter was actively listed for a liver transplant, when she was, in fact, still listed as a status 7, inactive.
  • An other transplantation issue from A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure about the organ-transplant network.
  • Then The InsureBlog takes us into the far future where everyone will have access to free health care.

Our medical bloggers provided us with many interesting and instructive cases:

  • Val Jones, M.D. presents a story about a man who was bitten by a rabid bat. Did you know why rabies can cause “hydrophobia” in its victims?
  • Or did you know what is the correct way to remove a tick if it is embedded in a person or pet? Medicine for the Outdoors answers the question.
  • Odysseys of George’s first article is about an elderly lady with intestinal obstruction (fascinating images!); in the second one, he shows the sad part of medicine: death.
  • Parcho, MD knows well how to deliver a baby in medicine style.
  • Dr. Signout tells us a drug seeker’s story in the Gut reaction post.
  • And a terrible story in other things amanzi blog on sjambok syndrome.

Fun, musings, robotics and a strange video which proves that sometimes we can’t hear or see the patient even if it’s our fault. Consider this section as the editor’s choice:

I don’t know whether there have ever been an images’ section, but here it is:

At last, I hope I create a new section in the history of Grand rounds with medicine and web 2.0:

I hope you enjoyed this Grand rounds edition as I’ve had so much fun while doing it. Thank you, Nick Genes for the opportunity and all the help. Please prepare for the next edition at Blog, MD. Sorry for the irking medical Monty Python videos, but I must say that thank you for watching and good night a dingdingdingdingding

40 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fantastic. Merci, Berci! I love Monty Python… thanks for this very entertaining grand rounds. As a Rehab doc I particularly enjoyed the “active recuperative techniques” video…

    March 13, 2007
  2. Excellent Grand Rounds here – I just saw Spamalot on Broadway so I was ready for a round of Monty Python proportions. :) Thanks for including my post (and before I even sent it in!)


    March 13, 2007
  3. Love the Python! Thanks for the smiles and the science…

    March 13, 2007
  4. Great job! This is clear and well-organized, and the theme never gets in the way of understanding what the posts are about. (And thanks for including me!) Bravo!

    March 13, 2007
  5. Excellent coverage, and a laugh as well — my kind of post!! Thank you for this.

    March 13, 2007
    Great job…Thank you for hosting this week!

    March 13, 2007
  7. Excellent and interesting. thanks for including me.

    March 13, 2007
  8. Rob #

    I expected grand rounds. I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition!

    Good work.


    March 13, 2007
  9. Very entertaining reads! Great choices, love the SNAPs & the videos…I’m a lumberjack & I’m OK

    March 13, 2007
  10. Wow…great edition! I’m here via Docinthemachine, and I really enjoyed all the posts


    March 13, 2007
  11. Thanks for including my photoblog!
    Great job, keep on! ;)

    March 13, 2007
  12. Thanks for including me, even though I didn’t submit! This is a great resource.

    March 13, 2007
  13. Excellent hosting job – love the videos! Thanks for your hard work – best wishes…

    March 14, 2007
  14. Wow! What a job. Gotta dig the MP!
    Thanx for including me!
    The Family Fork

    March 14, 2007
  15. Thank you for all the kind words and feedback! Now, I’m going to watch the following editions from a different point of view as I’ve learnt how hard it is to create an edition. Kudos to all the participants in this wonderful Grand rounds carnival!

    March 14, 2007
  16. Anonymous #

    Great rounds. Love the Python sketches…..but you forgot this one…

    March 19, 2007
  17. Thank you! But this video is not medicine related. :)

    And the Hungarian phrase what Cleese says has nothing to do with Hungarian…

    March 19, 2007
  18. Here’s what you’ve got to do : you have got to show more python in your posts. Even if it isn’t even relating. Lol, that was great. No need to apologise for having some Monty Python, man! They are serious legends! I wish we could have good comedy like that on TV these days… nothing like some good British, totally ridiculous and insane, humor!
    Interesting post as well. Although, I must admit, I got a little sidetracked with the videos! Lol! Thanks for that!

    October 10, 2007
  19. Congratulations on being the host! I’m sure it was a breathtaking event. I’m also impressed because despite of being busy you still have the time to post here. Thanks for sharing with us a great list of helpful blogs.

    December 28, 2007
  20. The topmost video is really super! For female species like me it is so much for me to watch. How was your talk? I really hope you can share with us your speech or talk by posting some sections of it here. Some people like me must have missed Gran rounds.

    July 17, 2008
  21. hi. I must say congratulations! Wonderful changes and new opportunities. All these people are glad for you.. me too …

    January 24, 2009
  22. I really enjoyed the article. It is nice when you find something that is not only informative but entertaining. Awesome.

    January 16, 2011

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