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Random Fact #717

Hospitals as we know them today, with wards and teaching centers, come from 9th century Egypt

The first such medical center was the Ahmad ibn Tulun Hospital, founded in 872 in Cairo. Tulun hospital provided free care for anyone who needed it – a policy based on the Muslim tradition of caring for all who are sick. From Cairo, such hospitals spread around the Muslim world.

anonymous asked:

I love how with brave his name is Hiro. "Get it, his name sounds like hero, cause he's a RPG hero and he's a hero in the medical world, GET IT!!!"

he’s gonna be so upset when he finds out ex-aid is the protagonist

Doctor Conversations: An ACL Love Story
  • I went with my regular derma session today with my dermatologist. I haven't seen her for a long time and I really love talking to her because she went to the same college as me and is also in the medical field. We usually have our heart to heart conversations at the clinic. Surprisingly, after a very long time I haven't seen her, she had a special story to tell:
  • Dr. D:Hi Maki! How are you? I haven't seen you for a year and a half. You look great and you're not having breakouts anymore.
  • Me:Oh yes haha I was gone the whole 2nd year and was busy with school.
  • Dr. D:But you look great despite the stress in 2nd year I presume.
  • Me:Yes, people have been telling me how different the skin on my face looks compared to how I started the treatment in 1st year.
  • Dr.D:Nice. Let's start our Spanish Peel again.
  • [while on a Spanish Peel treatment...]
  • Dr. D:You know, you look great lately. You don't look stressed and pimply unlike before. Are you dating?
  • Me:Oh no doctora haha..Just busy with school. You know I get a lot of questions like that even since my face improved.
  • Dr. D:Well, that just means you seem like you're blooming hehe. But wouldn't you already consider dating?
  • Me:Well, I'm still trying to lose some little weight.
  • Dr. D:What? You look great and fit already. And you know what? even if you're chubby or what, as long at it's the right guy it doesn't matter.
  • Me:Really? That's nice. Maybe I can finally consider dating again.
  • Dr. D:You know my fiancé..
  • Me:What? You're engaged already doctora?! The last time I saw you you didn't have a boyfriend? Can you tell me how you met your fiancé?
  • Dr. D:Okay haha it's really not what I expected to happen but he was my patient.
  • Me:Patient...you mean a derma patient?
  • Dr. D:Oh no haha. He was my patient at the ER. He had a torn ACL.
  • Me:LOL. Awesome. Please tell me more haha.
  • Dr. D:Well, it was 6 years ago when I was a clerk in the ER. I was in charge of triage and he came in with a torn ACL. I referred him to surgery and he got discharged. When he was about to leave the hospital, he went to the security guard of the ER to call for me. The security guard went to me and told me that my ACL patient still needs to ask questions to me before he leaves. I went out of the ER and met with him to listen. He asked for my number.
  • Me:That's brave haha..so did you give your number right away or turned him down?
  • Dr. D:Well, my colleagues told me not to give my number because he might be some psycho rapist haha..but some also said 'go, he might turn out to be a great guy.'. I gave him my number. He contacted me once in a while and made his intentions clear to go out with me. I on the other hand didn't take it too seriously. It took him about two and a half years to really convince me to date him.
  • Me:So what happened in those two and a half years? Were you with someone or still dating?
  • Dr. D:I was still single. I considered dating some people in the medical field: IMs, GS and such. I just found it exhausting at the end of the day to still talk about hospital stuff with some guys. Finally I considered dating the ACL patient..my fiancé now.
  • [Laughter in the room]
  • Me:So doctora, what made you consider that guy?
  • Dr. D:Well, for one thing he was persistent. In the two and a half years I was out considering going out with others, he was just steady and making his presence and interest known.
  • Me:Wow. That's a long time.
  • Dr. D:Yes, and I'm glad I considered him. At first I was like 'Not interested' but when we started going out once and then twice and so forth..that's when I got to know him well. He's a wonderful person. He makes me laugh a lot. I was happy when I was with him. We became together while I wasn't seeing you haha.
  • Me:So when did you two got engaged?
  • Dr. D:Last November 2012. Our wedding will be this December. :)
  • Me:Wow doctora, your love story is sure for the books. I'm so happy for you.
  • Dr. D:Thanks. Now you..why don't you already consider dating?
  • Me:Well, I'm getting a feeling that maybe this year I might consider just going out for coffee.
  • Dr. D:Well don't think much about getting into a relationship while going out to meet new people. Just take it as it is. If it works out then great. If not, at least you got a new friend. :)
  • Me:Thanks doctora! Haha, yeah it's been 4 years since I last considered going out with someone.
  • Dr. D:And I really do think that by how you look great lately..it's nature's way of telling you that it's about time to date! Haha, you'll never know who you'll meet like me so don't let some opportunity to meet someone pass away.
  • Me:I'd greatly consider that now that I'm 26 haha.
  • Dr. D:you know, I'm 34 but in my heart when my fiancé proposed, I was still in this feeling that I can still last single. But it is about time, and we're both happy. You're still young. Just enjoy meeting new people. Who knows, that someone will be the one you'll end up with. :)
  • Me:Gosh, doctora your love story has given me hope that I can still meet someone while being in the busy world of medicine. I can't help but laugh and just smile about this good memory you shared.
  • Dr. D:And I hope nextime when I'll see you again (if ever it's another long time), you'll update me with something. I think it's time for you and nature's telling you to go out.
  • Me:Sure doctora, I will update you haha. Hopefully I can give a good update. :))
thinkprogress.org
THE NEXT BURWELL v. HOBBY LOBBY?Providing Transgender People Health Care Violates Religious Beliefs, New Lawsuit Claims [TW: Transphobia, Anti-Trans Discrimination, Anti-Trans Bigotry, Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry]
Hobby Lobby was bad. This could be worse.
By Zack Ford

Texas state officials have made no secret about their desire to discriminate against transgender people. A new lawsuit filed Tuesday makes clear that they now don’t even want to provide transgender people health care.

Just a day after a federal court blocked the Department of Education from protecting transgender students from discrimination in schools thanks to a different lawsuit, Texas — joined by Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Kansas and represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — filed a new complaint challenging regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that prohibit discrimination against transgender people in health care. The rule ensures that trans people can access medically necessary treatment in procedures, have those procedures covered by insurance, and have their gender respected in medical facilities.

In addition to the five states, the plaintiffs include the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and Franciscan Alliance, a Catholic hospital system. According to the complaint, these organizations object to providing services (or even referrals) for transition-related care or providing insurance that covers such care because it violates their religious beliefs.

Essentially, this suit is akin to Hobby Lobby, except it objects to transgender care instead of birth control.

The complaint repeatedly refers to standards of care, and the need for states and physicians to be able to maintain “standards of care that rely upon the medical judgment of health professionals as to what is in the best interests of their patients.” Requiring doctors to perform procedures that they do not believe are in the best interest of the patient would turn “the venerable medical oath to ‘do no harm’ on its head.” Physicians should have the ability “to offer a contrary view” to HHS’s conclusions that transition-related treatments are no longer “experimental.” The plaintiffs in the suit believe that transition care is not only still experimental, but also “ethically questionable and potentially harmful.”

Building standards of care around this belief, the complaint assures, does not compromise patients’ respect:

Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, especially when in need of medical attention. The standard of care established in Texas, and around the country, enables patients to obtain quality healthcare as determined by medical professionals, and not those outside the doctor-patient relationship. The Regulation, however, usurps this standard of care. It discards independent medical judgment and a physician’s duty to his or her patient’s permanent well-being and replaces them with rigid commands.

Nowhere, however, does the suit acknowledge the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), which has maintained research-informed standards of care for transgender people for nearly 40 years. The WPATH standards, first proposed in 1979 and updated several times since, are based on “the best available science and expert professional consensus.” They recommend affirming transgender people’s identities and recognize that gender transition improves their well-being.

The plaintiffs in the suit make no secret of the fact that they reject this science in favor of their own religious beliefs. For example, the suit cites CMDA’s “Transgender Identification Ethics Statement,” which takes the literal opposite position of the WPATH standards, because validating transsexual “desires” is “contrary to a Christian worldview:

In contrast to the current culture, CMDA believes that finding one’s identity within God’s design will result in a more healthy and fulfilled life. CMDA believes, moreover, that social movements which contend that gender is decided by choice are mistaken in defining gender, not by nature, but according to desire. Authentic personal identity consists in social gender expression that is congruent with one’s natural biological sex. CMDA recognizes that this traditional view has become counter-cultural; however, CMDA affirms that God’s design transcends culture.

CMDA’s statement also claims that affirming children’s gender identity and allowing them to delay puberty has “lifelong physical, psychological, and social consequences,” even though the available evidence says the exact opposite — that delaying puberty is safe and totally reversible.

Like CMDA, Franciscan similarly rejects the existence of transgender identities:

Franciscan holds religious beliefs that sexual identity is an objective fact rooted in nature as male or female persons. Like the Catholic Church it serves, Franciscan believes that a person’s sex is ascertained biologically, and not by one’s beliefs, desires, or feelings. Franciscan believes that part of the image of God is an organic part of every man and woman, and that women and men reflect God’s image in unique, and uniquely dignified, ways. Franciscan does not believe that government has either the power or the authority to redefine sex.

The suit claims that even providing “psychiatric support” as part of a medical transition would violate its “best medical judgment and its religious beliefs.” Even simply providing insurance coverage for such procedures would “constitute impermissible material cooperation with evil.”

Combined with a court decision last week that justified a funeral parlor firing a trans woman for religious reasons, this lawsuit sets a terrifying precedent for transgender people. If these cases reach the Supreme Court and it follows the same reasoning it used in Hobby Lobby — perhaps less likely without Justice Antonin Scalia, but still possible— it would create a society in which transgender people could legally be denied the necessary foundations of life simply because of their identities.

According to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ®, this is the thirteenth lawsuit he has been “forced to bring against the Obama Administration’s continued threats on constitutional rights of Texans.” Since President Obama took office in 2009, Texas has sued his administration at least 43 times.

See Also: Document Cloud: Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Transgender Health Care version (aka Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell) led by Texas up at #SCOTUS in the future?

h/t: Zack Ford at Think Progress

All Tsumiki ever wanted was to lead a normal, high school girl life where she’s accepted by others. My precious baby is so pure…she deserves to be happy. *huggles the lil’ Mikan* x3

Above all, she deserves to be respected properly like a human being.

PROTECT HER! (ಠ_ಠ)