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May 23, 2012

Burying the Lede

The Espoused One, having lately returned from San Francisco, alerted the Editorial Staff to this howler, embedded deep within an article from a British doctor laboring to explain why a man given a mere 3 months to live survived for 3 years:

... predicting the course of an illness is like trying to piece together the plot of a ballet after seeing just one still image. Most people in Megrahi's condition would die at three months, but there is a very wide range with a long tail to the curve. Furthermore, there have been significant advances since 2009 in the treatment of prostate cancer that has spread. These include drugs such as abiraterone, cabazitaxel, alpharadin and medivation, which Megrahi probably received and are still not widely available in the U.K. We judged his prognosis based on his treatment as an NHS patient in Glasgow at the time, when not even standard docetaxel chemotherapy was offered.

If Dr. Sikora's analysis is correct, the best thing that could have happened to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was to have been relocated to a backward, Third World country with a health care system beset by rampant corruption and nepotism.

Go figure.

Posted by Cassandra at May 23, 2012 07:24 AM

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”there have been significant advances since 2009 in the treatment of prostate cancer that has spread. These include drugs such as abiraterone, cabazitaxel, alpharadin and medivation, which Megrahi probably received and are still not widely available in the U.K. We judged his prognosis based on his treatment as an NHS patient in Glasgow at the time, when not even standard docetaxel chemotherapy was offered.”

Priorities and the weight of making weighty bureaucratic life and death decisions WRT to who does and who does not rate, eh what? Or as the HWWIC of DHS in the United States of American, J. Napolitano once observed –astutely she might add- the system worked.

As to corruption and nepotism, perhaps we should offer those poor, third world countries beset by rampant corruption and nepotism, aid in the way of proceeds from the Law of the Sea graft...
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Whoops! Wrong speech!

Perhaps we should offer those poor, third world countries beset by rampant corruption and nepotism, aid in the way of someone who could create an economy where every sycophant, from top to bottom, has a shot at success, or contraception, or a newly created position within the Unaccountable Maze of The Czars. So empowered they could through regulation, figuratively pull the wings from the peasants en-route to Eutopia.

Yes brothers and sisters, under the tutelage of the right person(s), the desperately deficient, destitute despots of Africa could hone their third world corruption and nepotism into a well oiled Six Sigma corruption and nepotism machine.

Which reminds. A few kindred spirits from that world class Forward Gang on the other side of the globe may be freed up from their oppressing duties shortly. Can you think of anyone who could better mentor our brethren? If not, please contribute your time and money to the Free the Forward Gang from the tyranny of Capitalism so that they might bring their expertise to aid the Third World.

Posted by: Sheik Djibouti at May 23, 2012 11:35 AM

In other words, stay away from doctors and eats lots of curry laced with turmeric.

Posted by: Carolyn at May 24, 2012 06:40 PM

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