Junkfood Science: Pediatric Grand Rounds

March 26, 2007

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds have just been published at Musings of a Distractible Mind. Dr. Rob has given this edition a delightfully creative Tom and Jerry cartoon theme, honoring his lttle girl’s request. How did he manage to weave together the best thought-provoking articles on pediatric issues on the web using a cartoon? Brilliantly. He explains:

The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s frustrated attempts to catch Jerry, and the mayhem and destruction that ensues. Because they seem to get along in some cartoon shorts (at least in the first minute or so), it is unclear why Tom chases Jerry so much, but some reasons given may include normal feline/mouse enmity, duty according to his owner, revenge, or competition with another cat, among other reasons.

Tom rarely succeeds in catching Jerry, mainly because of Jerry’s craftiness and cunning abilities, but sometimes because of Tom’s own stupidity. Tom usually beats Jerry when Jerry becomes the instigator or when he crosses some sort of line.

Then it hit me: they are the ultimate symbol of the battle between protagonist and antagonist. It is good versus evil, strong versus weak, monkey versus llama, accordions versus…well, basically anything besides accordions, all wrapped into one!!! What a brilliant child I have!

Section 2 Knowledge versus Ignorance is my favorite section. “Ignorance may be the most deadly disease of all,” he writes. “How much of our time and energy is needlessly spent over dispelling misconceptions put there by folks with an agenda? The battle starts here for many bloggers….” Posts from NeuroLogica Blog, A Photon in the Darkness, Dr Crippen, Dr. Flea, Dr. Kevin, and Junkfood Science look at examples of beliefs, ideologies and politics clouding our ability to accept the evidence and science. Thank you for including my pieces among these professional and compassionate articles.

This issue of Pediatric Grand Rounds just goes to show that reading blogs is well worth our time.

PS. Did I mention what a blast your article on smelly feet was?

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