INTRODUCTION It has been a while (about 1.5 months) since my previous blog post, in which I discussed a medical condition where the patient sheds 'crocodile tears'. Well, that condition (Borogad syndrome) is pretty esoteric, and I wrote about it largely only because I wanted to share some fascinating trivia I had encountered in my … Continue reading 04(16): Why 1 kg weight loss takes away 4 kg-equivalent of stress from the hip – a tango between medicine and Newtonian mechanics
Author: Nic Loh
BACKGROUND The animated film Tarzan (1999) by Disney is one of the many animated productions that I watched fondly as a kid. The film chronicles the tale of a man raised by apes and must decide where he really belongs when he learns that he is a human. Famous soundtrack from the film include You'll … Continue reading 04(15): A medical condition in which you shed crocodile tears
Introduction Many in society repeat ad nauseam how it's a person's personality that truly matters, perhaps in an attempt by their holier-than-thou attitude to demonstrate that they transcend the reality of the 'superficiality' of physical features. What's funny is that it's almost never the people who are conventionally unattractive that say that 'looks don't matter'. … Continue reading 04(14): What objectively determines the physical attractiveness of a man’s face?
Background What is your favourite cuisine? Personally, it would be Japanese (Western is a joint favourite). My love for Japanese food began at the tender age of nine, when I was granted even more daily pocket money upon advancing to being a Primary Three student at Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School (PHPPS). A photograph of … Continue reading 04(13): The secret of success according to the world’s greatest sushi chef
Background Yesterday, I went to get a haircut and while I was en-route to the barber, I encountered a sign which advertised the list of aesthetic services offered by a GP clinic, which itself was a member of a chain of GP clinics. Interestingly, aesthetic medicine isn't recognised as a specialty or subspecialty in Singapore. … Continue reading 04(12): Aesthetic medicine – does it deserve such a bad rap?
Introduction During my first week of the IM (Internal Medicine) rotation almost a year ago, I remember being asked by a doctor to perform an examination of a particular patient's cranial nerves. The patient had been diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt syndrome. That encounter left an impact on me. Now, whenever I encounter the eponymous syndrome or … Continue reading 04(11): Justin Bieber – a case study on facial nerve palsy and basic neurolocalisation
Background & Introduction **Scroll to the bottom of this post for a tl;dr summary if you'd rather not read the details!** In perhaps the first quarter of 2021, I encountered a fellow Singaporean medical student’s retweet on Twitter. The retweet promoted an online event, specifically a global competition for medical students, that had been organized … Continue reading 04(10): The finale of a global challenge that was held in London, and sightseeing in the city
The main body's text was originally published on 27 April 2022. However, my views on social media yet again and with respect to that, I published an update (on 1 May 2022) that can be found at the bottom of this post. Frequent visitors to my site would notice that just a few days ago, … Continue reading 04(09): Evolving views on social media
Last night, I completed my re-reading of Cal Newport's "Digital Minimalism". The book is incredibly relevant to practically every soul whose life involves the use of, to any extent, devices such as smartphones, computers, etc. I realised that when I had read the book for the first time last July, I failed to note down … Continue reading 04(08): Notable snippets from a second read of Cal Newport’s “Digital Minimalism”
Earth without art is just 'eh'. This year, the 73rd NUS Medical Society Arts & Culture Directorate has put together the 2022 HeARTbuzz Art Exhibition and its theme is "Pneuma: Breath of life". The Ancient Greek word πνεῦμα ('pneuma') means “wind, breath, spirit” and wends its way into our modern lexicon, manifesting itself in terms … Continue reading 04(07): Earth without art is just ‘eh’