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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby Paul Derouda » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:40 pm

It's difficult to say if the absolute number of "never events" has gone up or not. Certainly they are only a small fraction of the total of cases of malpractice, especially if you're arguing that medical malpractice is a leading cause of death. Because of medicalisation, the absolute number of "never events" might well have risen. But from what I've have heard from here and there, the very reason that these things are brought up these days is that the situation is much better than, say, in the wild 70's. Back then, a doctor could do about anything and only his self-confidence was the limit. See one, do one, teach one, or something like that. It's not like that anymore, or it shouldn't be. Difficult/rare operations are concentrated in big hospitals. Surgeons specialise more and more. That sort of thing.
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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby Paul Derouda » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:14 pm

Qimmik: Not yet. I'm still planning it. It is going to be the greatest robbery of the century!

As for medicine, here's another relique from the good old times, the Merck Manual from 1899. It's a quick reference pocket book for the generalist. The sort of thing the GP has so he can come up with an excuse of a treatment as quickly as possible to get rid of his patient.

Take a look at pp. 150-151 for instance, where we have a list of proposed treatments for a number ailments. See especially "neurasthenia" (today we'd say "depression" I guess) and "nymphomania" among many others. I didn't know arsenic, cocaine and opium have so many uses!

https://archive.org/stream/mercksmanual ... 0/mode/2up
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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby mwh » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:20 pm

As Qimmik was tactfully saying, are we OT or what?
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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby pster » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:01 pm

Those cures for neurasthenia seem pretty good to me. In particular I like: gold! Depressed? No worries, here are few ounces of gold and a few ounces of cocaine. I actually know a few guys for whom that would be quite effective!

I agree that this thread has gone off topic quite a bit. Paul, I suggest you retitle it: Medical malpractice and the Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos.
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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby Paul Derouda » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:02 pm

Oops I did it again. Anyway, as Qimmik has eminently pointed out, the best way to get the opus in question is to steal it. And as the original problem of the post has been solved, this has now turned into a troll thread...
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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby Paul Derouda » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:10 pm

pster wrote:Medical malpractice and the Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos.

That's the craziest title I've ever heard! :)
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Re: Lexikon des frühgriechischen Epos

Postby pster » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:16 pm

I like to think outside the box as much as possible. 8)
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