Science Education

Jargon: Differential diagnoses (The possible causes of a set of signs and symptoms)

Differential diagnoses: They are the possible causes of a set of signs and symptoms in medicine. An example of this can be found in Robert H. Seller’s book Differential diagnosis of common complaints. If a patient presents with bloating and flatulence, the author suggests the following differential diagnoses: 1. Excessive intestinal bacterial fermentation; 2. Increased … Continue reading

Unveiling Culprits, Part 2: The Hypnagogic Jab
Science Criticism / Science Education

Unveiling Culprits, Part 2: The Hypnagogic Jab

As I write this, British multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is conducting a study in my backyard. No, there are no lab-coat-clad scientists bagging petunias in my garden. I don’t have a garden, much less a backyard. (And, for what it’s worth, I think “Bagging Petunias” would be an awesome band name) By backyard, I mean … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Read: Joe Schwarcz on Why Not All Facts Are Created Equal

As a prelude to this year’s Lorne Trottier Symposium on Public Science, I encourage you to take a look at Joe Schwarcz’s latest article in The Montreal Gazette. Here’s an excerpt: “In science we don’t cherry pick. We shake the tree, collect all the cherries, mash them together and then taste. And that’s just what … Continue reading

Science Criticism

Listen: Patients Telling Doctors What to Do

Another great episode of the CBC’s White Coat, Black Art, in which Dr. Brian Goldman is invited to Ontario’s Kingston General Hospital to be shown how they went from zeroes to heroes. Their solution? Vocal patients sitting on boards and hospital committees, denouncing problems, and suggesting solutions. White Coat, Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman … Continue reading