Eyespy: November 2009
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Worry about Web 2.0—Medical school chiefs in the US are more worried about Web 2.0 than their students. A survey sent to medical deans and published in JAMA asking about unprofessional internet behaviour, found that 37% of deans are concerned about what their charges are posting on the web (2009;302:1309-15). The survey also asked about the types of unprofessional material. Reported incidents ranged from bizarre (“requesting inappropriate friendships with patients on Facebook”) to the seemingly innocuous (photographs of students “holding alcoholic beverages”). Medical school deans are also apparently less comfortable with online interactions than many medical students, with 68% reporting that they never or rarely use social networking sites.
Practicalities of torture—If ethical arguments against torture have failed to sway you, perhaps practical concerns will. Scientific American reports that doubts have been cast on the usefulness of information extracted under extreme duress. Memory can be impaired by extreme stress, and