December 31st, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

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I was listening to some NPR show one evening recently, and I heard an actor talking about his time in college. I was gobsmacked. See, he admitted that he had no knowledge at all about any classics of literature or the humanities; his degree, in fact, insisted that all of his work be in the Theater Arts department, so he had no breadth at all! I was amazed at first, but then I realized that here and there in my experience, I've come across people who were so specialized in their training, be it theater or engineering or even medicine, that outside their work, they knew little or nothing. Being that I've tried to be as broad as I can be in what I learn, I could only shake my head in amazement at this revelation.
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Dead Dog Cat

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Last week, I had a relatively new patient (second visit, actually), who on his first visit couldn't tell me all of his medicines bring all the bottles to the appointment. Nothing odd about that...until I came to the bottle that held about an ounce of vegetable matter!

So, my first exposure to California's medical marijuana...

Oh, I've had patients who've been getting the medicine elsewhere before, but this was the first time I'd run into the packaging.

I asked if he was carrying his prescription or other documentation so that if stopped for any reason by the police he would avoid prosecution; he showed me the card he carries.

What a political mess!
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Another NPR show this week left me thoughtful:

Although the show had a specific singer in mind, his point was that all of the musicians/singers/composers who existed before recording technology left no mark on history.

OK, it's true that, say, Beethoven left his scores, but in some ways you can't be sure that the material is being played in the manner intended by the composer unless you hear it firsthand. And famed singers of the Nineteenth Century or before left nothing; they were ephemeral. Nowadays even minor talents leave trails of their music that almost anyone could follow. Is this true immortality?
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