Visiting doctors to Tanzania recently created an effective and cheap method of diagnosing parasites in children. The device they hobbled together costs around $8 to assemble and uses commonly found items.
A phrase that every medical student has heard during their training is, “When you hear hoofbeats, don’t expect to see a zebra”. This basically mean you should try to focus on the “obvious”, and not chase rare diseases if the “obvious” makes sense. In medicine, there can sometimes be a tendency to chase and diagnose rare pathology because it’s “sexy”. We are trained against this because we can cause harm by over-testing and if your final diagnosis makes sense, and [Read more]