Tuesday, October 26, 2010

White Coat, Black Hat at the U bookstore

Carl Elliott, local author and U of M professor will discuss his new book, White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

"Patients Like Me"

Today's Slate has a fascinating article on the concept of "crowdsourcing" of medical problems- defined in 2006 by Wired Magazine as, " the process of seeking a problem's solution from a wide community, often online..." Check it out here.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Trivial Punishment

What do you think game show audience members would do if they could shock a contestant when he answers questions incorrectly? As reported by MPR in March this year, a French television station created a mock game show to answer this question. One would think that the Milgram experiments provided sufficient evidence of what someone would do when given the opportunity to shock another person for trivial reasons, but what's going to produce higher ratings than broadcasting someone being shocked to 'death' with 460 volts of electricity? Probably not much. Read the story from MPR, here.