Where science, medicine and society collide - and something good comes of the mess.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
My wife and I installed a homemade bird feeder fashioned from a gallon milk jug on our back fence. So far, the only critters who frequent it are a pair of squirrels. We've seen a bevy of quail in the park on the other side of the fence, and a few stragglers have investigated the seed strewn in the snow by the messy rodents. But to my knowledge, no birds have actually visited the feeder proper. You can imagine my delight when I saw a flicker sitting above the feeder trying to decide if it was safe to jump down to munch on the delicious seed. It's fair to say that:
The flicker was on the fence about the bird feeder.
Hope for Pandora is a place for a conversation about science and medicine. This site is one attempt to build a dialogue about science, medicine and society. You'll also find plenty of vignettes about my experiences in graduate school and as a medical student en route to becoming an academic emergency physician. I welcome and appreciate comments.
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I'm an emergency medicine resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital. My academic interests include medical humanities and the social and political influences on science and medicine. At home, I like to garden and tackle do-it-yourself projects.