Arte y pico award

August 28, 2008 § 4 Comments

Dr. Ramona L. Bates at Suture For a Living showed her appreciation of my blog by giving me this award. This is what she said:

The Sterile Eye who is a Norwegian medical photographer.  I love all the videos he shares with us.  He is very good at his job and writes well too.

I am truly honoured!

And now it’s my turn to give this award to five other blogs. The rules are as follows:

1.You have to pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award in terms of creativity, design, interesting material, and general contributions to the blogger community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each winner has to show the award and give the name and link to the blog that has given him or her the award itself.

4. Each winner and each giver of the prize has to show the link of “Arte y pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. To show these rules.

I would love to give a reward back to Suture For a Living, as it’s one of my favorite blogs, but that would surely make an endless loop of awards. So here are five other great blogs I read regularly:

1. Monash Medical Student. Dedication is the word for this blog of Singaporean medical student Jeffrey Leow, currently residing down under. We share the interest in surgery and running, both of which he writes brilliantly about. Jeffrey is also the creator of the only surgical blog carnival – SurgeXperiences.

2. Biomedicine on Display. The blog of the medical museum of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Packed with interesting information and thoughts on medical history, both ancient and contemporary, reading this blog is like watching a making-of-documentary where the museum is the feature film. Always interesting.

3. Øystein in Antarctica. This is not me on the South Pole, but the blog of a friend of mine who was the expedition doctor on the Antarctic research station Troll for the summer season 2007-2008. The blog is no longer active, as he has returned to civilization, but reading it gives a fascinating insight to what it’s like to live on the “ice planet”.

4. IntraopOrate. The blog of the Surgical First Assistant that calls herself makeminetrauma. To her “surgery junkie” is a compliment. Her love for anything surgical shines through in all of her posts. I envy her hands-on access to the human anatomy, and I love her blog.

5. Sushi Or Death. The last blog I want to mention is in no way connected to the medical blogosphere (unless you eat a badly prepared fugu, that is). A former colleague of mine writes on everything raw and fishy. Reading Kariknapp’s blog really makes you mouth water.

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§ 4 Responses to Arte y pico award

  • rlbates says:

    I will enjoy visiting the new-to-me blogs you mentioned. I already enjoy a couple of them. :)

  • T. says:

    Good to have you back, Oystein!

  • Thomas says:

    Thanks, Øystein! I wouldn’t have thought of participating if it hadn’t been for the fact that it was you who passed on the torch. Chain-blogs can be as awful as chain-letters once were. The chances that it will stop pretty soon are high, either because people don’t bother to continue or because they increasingly recommend blogs that have already been cited.

    This chain is pretty okay, though — it’s always nice to take a few minutes off to think about why one really likes some blogs more than others — and because I think your blog is such a pleasure to read, I feel obliged to continue it and recommend the following five blogs which I find very inspiring for the kind of work we do here at Medical Museion:

    1) First and foremost In the Pipeline, single-authored by Derek Lowe, a first-rate blog for anyone who wants to understand what goes on behind the scene in the pharma industry. Derek publishes almost daily, he knows what he writes about, keeps a professional distance to the events, yet is passionate about his job. The best science blog I’ve ever come across (the only drawback is that there are rarely any images).

    2) Then Medgadget, founded by Michael Ostrovsky in 2004 and co-authored by a team of medical doctors and biomed engineers who write daily about “the latest medical gadgets and technologies, discoveries in medical science, and the progress of the digital revolution in the healthcare industry”. A must for anyone interested in med-tech and its impact on the medical system (the only drawback is that they apparently don’t care about the history and cultural context of the field).

    3) Third, Relevant History — I link therefore I am by Alex Pang, a former historian of science who has transmogrified into a research director at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank. Alex is one of these creative and independent minds who combines solid humanistic scholarship with an ability to connect very different roads of thinking — and he also writes with a nice personal touch (see also his The End of Cyberspace) (the only drawback is that The End of Cyberspace looks a trifle dark and gloomy … like, well, the future).

    4) I also love Bioephemera by Jessica Palmer, a Washington based biologist and artist who posts regularly about all kinds of odd things and images, with an emphasis on biological and medical stuff. A wonderful repository of curiosities and ephemera which might one day become the internet version of the classic Museum of Jurassic Technology (the only drawback is that Jessica’s blog has been included into ScienceBlogs which is a strong recommendation in itself; on the other hand this doesn’t necessarily disqualify her from getting this chain-post).

    5) Finally, I wish to recommend bbgm (business, bytes, genes, molecules) by Deepak Singh, a Seattle-based “geek, business developer, strategist, marketer, technologist, scientist, global citizen, and musician” who writes about the social and business aspects of open science, collective intelligence, the semantic web, bioinformatics, drug development, medicine 2.0 etc. with equal gusto (only drawback is that I rarely have time to digest all the interesting content in the latest post before he has posted another).

    The rules of this particular game limits the number of recommendations to five. Otherwise I would have added, for example, A Repository for Bottled Monsters by Mike Rhode and his friends/colleagues at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC; Street Anatomy by Vanessa Ruiz; and Indulge in the Fascinating World of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine by Hungarian medical students Imre Kissík and András Székely — all three are very useful for our combined research and curatorial project here at Medical Museion. And personally I’d like to push for a handfull of Swedish blogs, including Det Perfekta Tomrummet by Gustav Holmberg, mymarkup – old school and shit by Erik Stattin (about everything!), and Kuriosakabinettet by Karolina.

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