The call came from one of my attendings at night during my cardiology fellowship. It had a touch of the black humor that medical persons don’t like to admit bubbles up to the surface from time to time. “You know Dr. Shock, the guy on TV? He’s being transferred. He’s having a big infarct and… Continue reading The Death of Dr. Shock
If annoying 21st century TV prescription drug ads were run as annoying 1950s TV ads (and taking into consideration 1950s morals and censorship). Here is a pdf version of this post formatted as a screenplay, if you’d prefer (it looks nicer). ====== CUT TO: TITLE CARD. “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.” Theme music begins. HARRY… Continue reading 1950s Prescription Drug Commercial
When I was working I never watched daytime TV. Even now I don’t watch much TV, usually just some news shows. Nevertheless recently I had occasion to watch some daytime television and I happened on the Maury Povich Show. Disobeying my better instincts to change the channel, I spent some time watching it, and the similar… Continue reading Weekdays with Maury
I’ve been backing off from social media recently. For someone who writes a blog as well as publishing medical apps this may appear to be a risky tactic. In truth this retreat has not been completely voluntary. Something known as “real life” has been seeking my attention and gotten in the way of my online life… Continue reading Using Social Media in Moderation
I am rereading George Orwell’s 1984. The first time I read it was in the 1960s. Reading it again I wonder if he shouldn’t have titled it 2014. The book is closer to reality now than it ever was. No, we don’t have a dictator named Big Brother looming over us. But the ubiquitous electronic… Continue reading 1984 in 2014
The only thing more annoying than TV commercials is TV drug commercials. Nowadays the two have become virtually synonymous Whatever happened to commercials for Tide or the Ginzu knife? Now it’s one mind-numbing Cialis, Pristiq, or Lyrica commercial after another. There’s the commercial with the doctor standing in his white coat out in public next to a giant mirror,… Continue reading Ask Your Doctor if TV Drug Ads Are Right For You
I’ve been going through the Season 4 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea DVDs. The first half of this season has some memorable episodes, although the second half degenerates into typical “monster of the week” episodes before the show’s final oblivion at the end of this season. Watching the shows again brings me back… Continue reading Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Season 4
I installed WordPress Jetpack recently. Among other features, it tracks traffic to individual blog posts. It’s interesting that of all the topics I’ve blogged about, this is the most popular post. There is not doubt that the special effects of that old series, especially the surface shots, hold up very well even by today’s standards. … Continue reading Most Popular Post and Goodbye to a Goddess
I’ve posted before about the DVD releases of the 60s TV series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Although without a doubt the first 2 seasons (especially the black and white first season) were the best, there is something great or at least nostalgic to the true Voyage fan in all of the shows. … Continue reading Voyage Season 4 Part 2 Is Coming!
Some screenshots from the the 3 season DVDs. Enjoy.