This could be a milestone heart-saving idea and it didn’t come from medical personnel but from an engineer!
Now more than 40 have undergone same procedure
‘…for more than 30 years, he lived with a life-threatening issue that was less easy to fix.
‘That is, until he took an idea from the garden, combined it with some basic procedures borrowed from the aeronautical industry and came up with a “beautifully simple” solution to treat his own heart condition.
‘He then managed to convince surgeons to put it into him.
‘And nine years since his operation, the 57-year-old engineer from Gloucestershire in the UK has managed to help more than 40 people with similar conditions…’
That was somewhat a patient’s story. Here’s another:
Why A Patient’s Story Matters More Than A Computer Checklist
‘I type the Edgars’ story in my own words, so different from the computerspeak generated by the check boxes.
‘Then I move on to the review of systems—another pop-up menu. I used to write “patient is an unreliable historian” for this section, but the computer doesn’t understand that this applies to the entire review. Using a template, it generates 13 phrases, one for each body system, that says, “Positive: Other: unreliable historian.”
‘Sometimes I wonder if it is disrespectful to a patient to say 13 times in one progress note how unreliable a historian he is, but I remember that this is great data to mine for research, so I plug on…’
How to Preempt Suicide
The Social Contagion of Suicide
‘If you’ve ever known someone who committed suicide, or have contemplated it yourself, or have admired a personal hero who died by his or her own hand, please oh please read this. Because, as Jennifer Michael Hecht so stirringly argues in Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It (public library), numerous social science studies indicate that one of the best predictors of committing suicide is knowing suicide — a fact especially chilling given more people die of suicide than murder every year, and have been for centuries. Suicide kills more people than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, or liver disease, more men and women between the ages of 15 and 44 than war, more young people than anything but accident. And beneath all these impersonal statistics lie exponential human tragedies — of those who died, and of those who were left to live with their haunting void…’
Can Webgod be the symbol of the Internet? Is Technology depersonalizing us filling us with alienness?
If I were to make the symbol of the Net or the world wide web, I would choose the Webgod. You probably already know about the Bible Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and its attributes: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. I don’t know how it occurred to me that the Net has the same attributes!
I posted about the Webgod on LinkedIn and one comment was this:
‘On the other hand, the ancient Hebrews used the first letters of their alphabet as numeric digits. The 6th letter is Vau, equivalent to W. So WWW=666!’ He was talking about the world wide web. My reply: But we don’t need the Net or web to get implanted with the real 666 RFid chip.