The Role of Science

Encountered this thought-provoking anonymous quote:

The role of science is not to provide everlasting truth;

but rather, to provide a modest obstacle to everlasting error. 
– Author Unknown

Quoted by Nansel and Szlazak in Somatic Dysfunction and the Phenomenon of Visceral Disease Simulation: A Probable Explanation for the Apparent Effectiveness of Somatic Therapy in Patients Presumed to be Suffering from True Visceral Disease.

A couple of searches lead me to a reliable source of the quote

“The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.” 
― Bertolt BrechtLife of Galileo

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Recipes for NUHS Cookbook

Today I submitted the following two recipes for an upcoming cookbook from the Alumni Association of National University of Health Sciences.

Whole Wheat Pancakes or Waffles

Modified from Linda Carroll


1 1/2 c. Whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Dry powdered milk

2 Eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. Applesauce
1 1/2 to 2 c. Water
1/2 c. Wheat germ (optional)

Optional mix-ins for flavor:
1/4 c. Fruit (Berries, Apples, Raisins, etc.)
1 Tsbp. Cinnamon or similar spices


Stir dry ingredients in large bowl; add liquid ingredients. Add water gradually for proper consistency. For waffles, bake in preheated, greased waffle iron about 4 minutes. For pancakes, cook on hot greased griddle. Makes about 4 servings. (Dry ingredients may be prepared ahead as a mix.)

Serves: 4
Time Required: 30-45 minutes

My mother made waffles for her family of 10 children every Saturday when I was a child. (She would make 4 times the recipe) Now, I carry on the tradition and make Saturday morning pancakes for my small family. Enjoy!

Dinner in a Pumpkin

From Hyrum Carroll


1 small to medium Pumpkin

1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
1 chopped Onion

1 1/2 lbs. Ground beef
3 Tbsp. Soy sauce
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
4 oz can Sliced mushrooms (drained)
1 can Cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 c. cooked rice
8 oz can Water chestnuts (drained)


Cut off the top of the pumpkin and thoroughly clean out seed and pulp. Preheat oven to 350 F. In large skillet, saute onions in oil until tender. Add meat and brown. Drain drippings from skillet. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms and soup. Simmer 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts. Spoon mixture into pumpkin shell. Replace pumpkin top and place the entire pumpkin, with filling, on a baking sheet. Bake 1 hour or until inside meat of the pumpkin is tender. Put pumpkin on a plate. Remove the pumpkin lid and serve.

Serves: 4-6
Time Required: 60-90 minutes

From the association: “We will start accepting recipes immediately, and when we reach 300, we will have the collection printed. The first 100 participants to send in two recipes (one being an entrée) will receive a free copy of our cookbook as soon as it is completed. Additional copies will be sold in the Campus Store.”  If you are a student, alumnus, faculty or staff of NHS, submit a recipe today!

My Worth is Inherent and Intrinsic

Eight months ago, I failed a midterm examination worth 50% of my grade. While I did better on the final examination, I did not pass the class. As a result, my plans for graduation were postponed by one semester so that I could retake the course. Thankfully, I earned a ‘B’ on the second pass. Today I took the midterm of another course from the same instructor. Based on my performance during the exam, there is a substantial possibility that I failed this exam.

The possibility of retaking a second course from the same instructor and delaying graduation yet another four months is terrifying. It strikes not only at my finances and future plans, but also at my sense of self-worth. When I was a child, I derived much of my worth from the approbation of others–especially my school teachers–and my academic success. Today I know that my worth is inherent and intrinsic, and that it comes from God. My hope of salvation depends on my faithfulness and obedience, not on any worldly success.

Further, as I was reminded yesterday by a trusted mentor, “It’s not about me.” I’m here to learn and to prepare to serve my patients and provide for my family. It’s not about me.

Finally, I am glad that, during this trial, I was able to control my emotions and avoid transference of the stress to others.

If you are struggling with feelings of worthlessness, I encourage you to pray and ask God, “Lovest Thou me?” I know that He will answer your sincere prayer. He has answered my prayer, and since He is no respecter of persons, and since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I know that He will treat you with the same kindness and concern. You are His child. Great is your worth, incredible is your potential.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Update on Medical Dictionary for Mac

Cross-posted on forum.  I previously wrote that Lupine shared a working Dictionary; sadly, it only worked for a day…

Yeah, it worked for me for some terms the day I downloaded it; when I went back for more, I got the same result: terms listed, without definitions. I have no idea what changed.

If the original author will please step forward, I’m sure we could get to the bottom of it. I suspect the file is somehow illegitimate. Why else is it hosted on mediafire and doesn’t show up with common search queries?

Sadly, it appears that all free medical dictionaries for Mac today are either simple word lists for spell checking only, or are web-based and often ad-supported. Windows and Google Chrome and Handheld (Palm, PocketPC) options exist, but nothing that integrates with the on Mac OS X.

A truly free medical dictionary would be great; once the content is created, then making a dictionary compatible with Apple’s would be trivial. Until then, I guess $50 or $55 is a reasonable price … if it fits with your current digital workflow.

Looking for Bone Tumor Quiz

Cross-posted in NUHS Student Resources under Tri 7:

I’m looking for a radiology quiz with the following features:
  • Images with multiple choice; correct answer given after.  Or,
  • Images without choices; I can guess and then check the answer
  • Ideally, I could limit the quiz to certain tumors, since our class has a smaller scope than a radiology residency
  • Similar to Univ. Michigan Anatomy quizzes, but for bone tumor radiology.
Update [3 Jul 2012, 12:20 PM]: A friend sent me a link to this page on, which pointed me to the following sites.  However, I haven’t vetted them yet (need to eat lunch):
  • Musculoskeletal Case studiesfrom
    • See also MSK image library on same site.  While not in Q-A quiz format, this is exactly the information I want: image+diagnosis.
  • MSK & Soft Tissue cases from peer-reviewed MedPix (hosted on this is probably the best yet: over 1,400 cases with History (Hx), one ore more images, and then a “Show Answer” button to reveal the diagnosis (Dx).
[Continue Original Post]:
Searched for [ bone tumors quiz ] and [ radiology quiz ] in Google; hit the top three of each and here’s what I found from there:
Other useful radiology pages I found:

Still not satisfied;  if you find something better, please let me know.  Thanks!

Medical Dictionary for Mac

Thanks to lupine in this post in the forums, I finally found a medical dictionary that integrates with the Mac OS X  Thank you, lupine!

To use this file on Mac OS X, simply move the file to “Home > Libraries > Dictionaries”; close and reopen, and the Medical Dictionary should appear alongside the Dictionary and Thesaurus.  Tested in Mac OS X 10.5.8.

P.S. A related resource is a spellchecker file of medical terms: Hosford Medical Terms ($3.00 shareware)