Welcome to Grand Rounds Volume 4, Number 28, part 2. This is the most esteemed medblog carnival on the Internet, founded by Nicholas Genes, MD, PhD on September 28, 2004. Grand Rounds is meant to embody the spirit of good science and humanism in medicine, as it is a weekly collection of the very best blog posts from critically acclaimed, international health care professionals.
This noble undertaking has been carefully advanced by high-minded hosts, who happily put aside their life’s work, their families, yes, even the needs of their beloved pets, in order to provide readers with a cogent analysis of the week’s most important medical facts and opinions. I didn’t think I’d see the day when this great public service would fall into the hands of the lackadaisical. But alas, that day has come – and wouldn’t you know that it would be an Emergency Medicine physician who let us all down?
GruntDoc, a pillar of the medical blogosphere establishment, cannot be bothered to fulfill his hosting role this week, and has asked yours truly to finish his work for him. How typical of an EM physician! Get things started and then hand them off to another doctor to complete. (Witness his shameful apathy for yourself at Grand Rounds, Part 1).
Well, it’s one thing to be summarily passed the Grand Rounds baton, and it’s another altogether to be left with the dregs of the submissions. I am agog and aghast at the low-brow nature of this week’s offerings. Here is but a small sample:
The common leech as a celebrity blood-detoxification system (by Dr. Ramona Bates at Suture for a Living).
The surgical value of flatus (by Bongi at Other Things Amanzi).
In search of the perfect gluteal contour (by My Med Jokes).
In search of your lost tampon (by Dr. Jan Gurley of Gurley Doc).
I find this whole exercise utterly deflating – and unworthy of the high calling of Grand Rounds. But because I myself am long-suffering and reliable, I will not shirk my responsibilities, but rather ask a peer with lower standards (whose sensibilities will surely not be offended by flatus) to continue this week’s carnival. Please go to David Williams’ blog for the rest of this collection of health content of questionable value.
-Posted April 1, 2008-This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.