A friend got me into this youTube channel called vsauce. It is pretty cool if you enjoy the deeper, or weirder, questions of existence, or life, or human behavior. Some of the titles can sound pretty lame, but actually contain cool tidbits of science and esoterica. The host is entertaining to watch – I think he may like coffee a little more than the rest of us.
Some of my favorites are:
Is Anything Real?
Is Your Red the Same as My Red?
Did the Past Really Happen?
Will We Ever Visit Other Stars?
And, although I really don’t have the time for it presently, I discovered and immediately purchased C.S. Lewis’ Studies in Words. If one knows what Lewis’s day job and education was, one knows he was more than qualified to write such a book. I’m only on the introduction right now and probably will be so for a while.
As noted before I am eternally stuck in medical terminology. Not just the names and descriptions of all body parts and organs and regions and whole body terminology, but of common symptoms, pathological conditions, diagnostic techniques, treatments and procedures, and common medical abbreviations. Read 58 pages just on the digestive system and then try to remember on a test that AST stands for “aspartate aminotransferase” and SGOT stands for “serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase”.
They never test you on blind memory for such things, the abbreviation sections are always multiple choice and, usually, the abbreviations follow the lettering; like NG is nasogastric. Then again you would think that “nothing by mouth” would be NBM, but it is NPO.
I have found that the tests require significantly less than the material provided in the chapters. And I think I have figured out why (two and a half months later). The textbook I am using is called Comprehensive Medical Terminology, not Comprehensive Medical Terminology for Medical Coders. This is a textbook used for all sort of medical training. If I go through all this shit and I end up in a specialist’s office, I’ll be pissed! “Why did I have to learn that the frothy, foul smelling poop that floats in my toilet bowl is called steatorrhea?” Steat = Fat + rrhea = discharge, flow. Rrhea, we should all be familiar with as in Continue reading “vsauce / Studies in Words”