Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 29 May 2015
The assimilation of facts
Day two of 'helping' Green-Eyes with the essay. I don't know if she is learning anything about clinical practice in the control of infectious diseases - or how to write about it - but I certainly am.
I have various facts stuck in my head now which I will probably die with, but never put to practical use. I might even die because of them - or rather ignoring them.
For instance, I can tell you that in 2002, it has been estimated that 1.7 million people died as a result of poor hygiene in U.S. hospitals, MRSA being the prime culprit - or rather the prime culprits being those who did not wash their hands properly and allowed the bacteria to flourish.
I have also learned the importance of thorough investigation during the reviews of published papers. This means looking up case histories and the non-medical qualifications of those who wrote them.
I have looked through 29 such papers so far, but not very thoroughly. I don't have the time, so I am having to distill the salient facts to include in the sample review.
It's all part of the daily work for a sculptor these days, it seems.