I think I might finally be ready to watch season 4. I’ve had time to get over the Bloody Stupid Event at the End of Season 3 and I think I can handle it now.
Why don’t we talk about Monkey Island more
Thanks for the easy question, Anonymous. Here is your answer.
But! Dr. Cranquis has standards, and those standards prevent me from just cutting-and-pasting a reply for you. So here’s an Extra Tip Just For You (call it a Deleted Scene or something)….
- Say Goodbye to Privacy and Hello to Unwanted Consults
Apparently, everyone who enters med school immediately becomes possessed by the Total Knowledge of All Physicians…. or at least that’s what your family and friends will appear to believe. Come Thanksgiving of your Freshman year, you may have only studied the anatomy of the Anterior Neck and the Heart — but at the Thanksgiving table, your family will bombard you for advice on Uncle Pete’s high blood pressure, Aunt Tina’s ingrown toenails, and Grandpa Horace’s heartburn. (And then AFTER dinner, you will be quietly approached by that Weird Cousin of yours with a delicate question about venereal disease, which will really ruin the taste of pumpkin pie in your mouth).
Similarly, anytime that you run into old friends and acquaintances, you will find them suddenly asking you questions about intimate medical issues and encouraging you to examine various body parts… body parts that you still haven’t worked up the courage to touch on a cadaver, much less on a living human being who is also your old music teacher!
So what should you do? Well, right now, there’s not much choice, since it’s not like you can prescribe medication or begin any official line of treatment as a Freshman in Med School… but be sure that even your stumbling words of pseudo-advice are preceded AND followed by a disclaimer which (1) points out your lack of knowledge in this area yet, and (b) encourages them to discuss it with a
realmore experienced medical professional. (After all, you don’t want to find out NEXT Thanksgiving that Uncle Pete’s heart attack could’ve been prevented if he had actually seen a doctor about his blood pressure!)
Thanks for the question! Good luck with school.
From the Archives: Cranquis Mail: A bonus tip for med students re: "Unwanted Medical Consults from Friends and Family"
Fun fact: this ALSO becomes true if you become an anatomy professor. A shocking number of people think that just because I can teach body parts I can also diagnose issues with those parts. NOT. TRUE.
mancalendar’s comin’ along
oh my fucking GOD
Laughing forever at Chet’s perfect face.
Riverside Extras update.
Riverside Extras is a member of Countershot Press.
maybe he’s born with it
What a beautiful hair flip/flick.
Love sharks, but dislike Discovery’s Shark Week? Here’s some videos, shows, and documentaries you can watch instead:
These are all rad, educational alternatives for SHERK WEEK.
Last year, I warned Discovery that their burgeoning reputation for being loose with facts was going to drive scientists away—scientists that they need to create the high-quality, educational programming they purport is their mission. So I asked scientists whether they would work with Discovery.
Some made it clear that they have no interest. “BBC – yes, Discovery – No,” said Eric Heupel, a graduate student at the University of Connecticut. “unless I and any other scientists on show had approval power on the edited version (so final airing version) of the show.”
Unfortunately, such control over content is rarely given to scientists that appear on Discovery. They’re asked for their time and expertise, but rarely get to read scripts, let alone write or correct them. Just look at last year’s Shark Week, for example, which featured the work of shark scientist Neil Hammerschlag and his colleagues in their “Great White Serial Killer” program, but completely distorted the research (and didn’t consult them on it).
Read more about Shark Week’s dubious history of ”science” sensationalism.
And this is why I hate Shark Week. I realize that having people at least trying to take an interest in the natural world is GREAT, but using sensationalized misinformation is not the way to do it.
Doomsday, My Dear is back and chapter 8 has begun! Who’s excited?? I’m excited!
Are you new to Doomsday? You should start here.
I was also laid off yesterday, so any contributions to the Patreon will be extra appreciated! Patrons get to see pages in progress and extra behind-the-scenes/worldbuilding material, so if you’re able to help out, it’ll be more fun for everyone (and maybe I can start updating twice a week again, depending on the job sitch).
Thanks for reading! And thanks for being you.
If anyone’s default is, “CAN YOU NOT?! THANKS.” It’s Blackwell