I assume you refer to my post on Black Bile/Melancholic temperament?
“The Vapours” was an archaic medical term which was basically the female analog to “melancholia" in men. It referred to a variety of acute and chronic mental illnesses, especially "hysteria”, but encompassing anxiety to chronic depression.
When it’s used in modern media in reference to early Victorian society, it generally refers to acute anxiety (or the sudden debilitation of a panic attack), which was one of the many uses of the term back when it was still in medical use.
It was believed to be caused by an excess of black bile (the “humour” created by the spleen). Today we know that these problems are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, not humour imbalances. It’s also probably not a good idea to solve your problems by sticking leeches all over yourself…
You know, I know a few blogs by genetics enthusiasts/geneticists, but none that are dedicated to solely genetics.
That said, some of my favorite and more “hard-science” blogs that have some good genetics stuff are
*adds “Update Recommended Blogs” to list of To-Dos*
Followers? Any suggestions?
I’m actually looking for some good ones, too (though more gyno/obst-centric than midwife-centric), so if you have any suggestions, reply to this post!
EtA: I know a lot of good midwife programs, but are there any good blogs that cover either that or gynecology/obstetrics really well? Even off-tumblr is fine.
For reference, off of here I tend to follow people like SkepticOB (though I frequently disagree with her ways of presenting an argument) and Dr. Jen Gunter, and non-OB/GYN specialists such as Drs. Harriet Hall, Vincent Ranicello, and Mark Crislip.
Sometimes, laziness is a matter of not finding something that you have a passion for, or putting yourself into a lifestyle that doesn’t suit the way your brain works - and, as I know all too well, mental illness can also greatly hinder potential, but that’s beside the point.
Anyway, I can only speak for what I know of the US, but I know that for most medical schools here, you need a very good GPA (and certain courses - all of which should be covered in a Biomedical Sciences degree) to even get into an out-of-state university, let alone get a scholarship, and I would have to assume that out-of-country applicants are subjected to similar standards.
That said, I’m not a doctor, I never went to medical school, and I only have the experience of friends and news reports to go off of, not any academic study or survey. I have a friend who started out quite poorly his freshman year, but who improved so drastically over his second and third years in college that the general upward trend, combined with overall evidence that he was actually taking life seriously and buckling down, let him get into med school.
There are lots of careers out there in medicine, and a ton of them don’t require med school. In general though, a high GPA is always better than a low one, and an upward trend is better than a downward one.
Or you could stay in the biomedical field and find drugs that make us less dead! You are in Brazil, one of the best places in the world for bioprospecting and pharmaceutical anthropology! Of course, there are many laboratory and hospital jobs around the world which care more about your experience than your GPA - if you truly think you’re “too far gone” to get a good bachelor’s GPA, I’d work on getting contacts and experience in the lab, because that looks good on any application - medical school or not. :)
Yay! Me too. And I hope to actually get around to some stuff I’ve intended for quite a while, but I do start a new job soon, so I’m trying to keep myself not-burned-out/not-totally-crazy, as I don’t want to just go caput for that long again.
Sorta-Related Recent inquiries:
- Yes, I did complete the first giveaway! Unfortunately, after I got confirmation that my package got to its destination, I never heard back from the guy. You know who you are! Send me pics!
- Yes, I do have more to give away! I wasn’t lying when I said I had WAY too much of this stuff lying around. I’m not gonna burn myself out and not get to it this time…but I might forget. So don’t feel bad if you poke me in a few weeks to ask about it.
- The Zarkster is…well, he’s okay. He’s good. We paid off our CareCredit account with the funds raised, so we’ll be able to put his surgery on there (no, his tooth isn’t out yet). Thank you again for all of the support <3
Anyway, Zarky is currently dealing with a very stubborn sebaceous cyst that was, for a time, getting recurring infections, but is now just healing…very, very slowly. We don’t want to have him get his tooth out and his maxilla ablated while he’s still healing. Hopefully that will be all closed up by the end of November. Hopefully. *shakes fists at nefarious skin conditions* Zarky disapproves of his skin.