Continuing my recent fascination with articles that chronicle what make doctors tick, here'a another one. The research uncovers the effects of consecutive 24-hour shifts on interns, and consequently on the patients they see.

Ever heard of the largest flower in the world? This is one flower you can't expect to get come Valentine's Day. Who would want a flower that stinks like rotting flesh anyway? For more details on this rather weird and stinky bloom, check this out. Rafflesia is endemic to Southeast Asia. Hmm, more reasons to marshall efforts to preserve rainforests. Who knows what other exotic plants and animals lay undiscovered within them?

I've picked up a couple of books from the library: 'In Search of Stones' by M. Scott Peck and 'Emotional Intelligence' by Daniel Goleman . Dr. Peck's book needs several moments of contemplation so I take time to read him; Dr. Goleman's book is very informative. It delves into the physiology of emotions hence it feeds my thirst for cold, hard facts that I seldom - if ever - associate with my emotions. I'm halfway through this one. I find it a good read. The book was published in 1995 and I do hope Mr. Goleman published an updated edition. I'll do some digging by Monday and I'll post updates here.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Ever wondered how doctors think? We all have sat in front of a doctor at one point in our lives. We come to him with our symtoms, automatically trusting his judgement, expecting it to be accurate and looking to him to ease and cure whatever pain we are having. We literally put our lives in their hands. In The New Yorker's Medical Dispatches, Jerome Groopman wrote about how doctor's think in What's the trouble?
It makes for an interesting look at how doctors arrive at a diagnosis, the factors at play whenever they see patients and the things that could go wrong. Thankfully, the doctors in the article had the humility and courage to accept their misdiagnosis, talk about it with colleagues and discuss ways of avoiding the same mistakes in the future. Doctors are, afterall, human too.
Had a good laugh this morning when I got to read the Grit's comment today. My apologies for the frustration my un-updated blog has caused you and those who have faithfully visited. I'll do my best not to neglect my blog again.

I visited Filipina Soul and through a couple of blog connections discovered A Dress A Day

Erin's latest entry was about tagging - if you get tagged, you write 5 things about yourself that you have never posted before and you have to tag 5 other people. I posted my response on her blog which I also posted here.
The second part - tagging others - I tag the Brit and Grit, and Erik.
Hope you have fun and I'm looking forward to reading your lists. Here's mine:

1. I have a six-year old nephew - Macky - who I love very, very much. He's a smart kid, on top of his class and is both naughty and sweet.

2. I have four sisters and one brother.

3. My idea of good times are: a good book; solitude; sorting out my stuff; chocolates or spaghetti (my favorites) and hanging out with the ones I love.

4 & 5. When I was around 10 or 11, I saw a part of a romantic movie entitled 'Starstruck' on tv. It was way past my bedtime and Mama told me to turn it off. The thing that stuck with me all this time was what the grandmother character told her grandson about never letting the one you love 'get away'. She went on to say that she married a good man but that until that time and already in her 70s, she still wonders about a man that she once danced with - 'the one that got away'. And darn I didn't get to finish watching that movie! Is there anybody who can remember the movie?

Start writing your lists!
A new year, new hopes, new goals and hopefully a better world for all of us.

I wish I could say that I've been too busy to blog but truth be told, I just didn't feel like writing for a month. Saddam Hussein's swift execution almost tempted me; so was The Times' cover on the reopening of the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Well, time to pick up the pen, or in this age, the keyboard - and to start blogging again.