nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hey, AMA. Where Is Your Head?

The AMA's House of Delegates showcases their responsible approach to the future of American medicine by supporting legislation to require porn actors to wear condoms.

Yep, the delegates had their meeting this week.  Apparently they think this will be "an act of role modeling" for the rest of the nation in condom use.


There are several hundred medical issues on the table concerning cost, access, quality and insurance coverage facing the American public, but the AMA's most important task is to make sure that citizens are positively influenced by the socially responsible actions of porn actors.

Unbeknownst to me, I have been transported to another where everybody is insane.

How do I get back to the Universe of Common Sense?  Beam me up, maybe?

In another earth-shattering policy battle, the Delegates decided that adolescent sleepiness is a public health issue.  A major rift among the delegates occurred over whether the magnitude of the problem warranted determining it was a "major" public health problem.  After much wrangling, the word "major" was dropped.

Whew.  I was worried there for a second.  We are extremely fortunate that these experts are on the job, targeting vital medical issues for the nation.

Sarcasm aside, I am reminded of the first chapter of Dickens' comic novel The Pickwick Papers.  It's the nearest thing to actually attending the House of Delegates meeting without actually being present.  From the Transactions of the Pickwick Club, it is resolved
'That this Association has heard read, with feelings of unmingled satisfaction, and unqualified approval, the paper communicated by Samuel Pickwick, Esq., G.C.M.P.C. [General Chairman—Member Pickwick Club], entitled "Speculations on the Source of the Hampstead Ponds, with some Observations on the Theory of Tittlebats;" and that this Association does hereby return its warmest thanks to the said Samuel Pickwick, Esq., G.C.M.P.C., for the same."
To the AMA's modern version of the Pickwick Club, I say...jolly good show, jolly good show.

Doc D

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