I was surprised the other day while rounding on patients in the hospital that two of my fellow interns stated that they would opt out of the COVID-19 vaccine. They were afraid that it was not tested enough to guarantee there would not be long term consequences for them.
Doing scientific research on medical treatments helps us to know whether or not they work. That seems obvious, but there are times when a scientist may not want to test whether or not something works. Let me explain. It may seem obvious that we should not conduct medical experiments on treatments like castration for depression. … Continue reading By the numbers: when you should NOT do the experiment.
My son has a particularly obvious, hyperactive, and impulsive form of ADHD. His symptoms were so severe that many of his caregivers politely informed us that they thought he was autistic. He is not, but at times, he certainly can test the limits of our diagnostic categories. This April 2020, I transitioned from a father … Continue reading From Dad to Dr. Dad of an ADHD kid