Musing of a Contemporary Pathologist
Currently Browsing: Medical practice

Laufer’s Rules with Comments

Igor Laufer (1944-2010) was a distinguished, renowned and beloved gastrointestinal radiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, largely responsible for the development and refinement of double-contrast barium studies of the GI tract. Igor and I first met in the early 1980’s at a conference devoted to inflammatory bowel diseases where I was chairing a multispecialty (e.g., surgeons, gastroenterologists,...

Medical Trivia #1: Sutton’s Law

There are many “laws” in science reflecting past observations and scientific proofs that have been shown to be either completely true or at least highly reliable. Many of these laws bear someone’s name. Some required understanding of complex scientific principles or refined mathematical reasoning to develop. Sutton’s law, in contrast, is based on logic, common sense and experience. In high school physics...

Heartless hospitals – part 1

  The first record of something that we might call a hospital, a specific place to bring sick people, may be in Ceylon in the Fifth Century. The Babylonian Talmud of more than three thousand years ago devotes considerable discussion to medical concerns (Medicine in the Bible and Talmud by Fred Rosner, KTAV Publishing, 1995) but does not describe what we might call a hospital. After Ceylon, records of other...