Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | February 16, 2015

In the News Again

Yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer Health section’s Medical Mystery, by yours truly.

I’ve been busy. I think they’re going to print another one of mine next week as well.



  1. very cool!

  2. First thought: “Oh my, that disease actually exists?” Granted, I thought it was pretty likely it would, but I first heard of that in a Saddle Club book….lucky you knew about it.

  3. Irene pointed out your mystery case column. Wonderful! Looking forward to reading more.

  4. Well done, both in diagnosis and the writing. Very compelling to read!

  5. We see this in the South pretty frequently. However, I expect it is a good deal rarer in your part of the world. Very astute of you and a very good thing for the patient, because RMSF is potentially fatal.

  6. Great catch! I have never seen a case, but then again–and contrary to what one would expect–we don’t have much Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Colorado where I live.

  7. The medical mystery published on 2/22 was very interesting. However, the definitions provided there for sensitivity and specificity were incorrectly reversed. Sensitivity = true positives/(true positive + false negative). Specificity=true negatives/(true negative + false positives).

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