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Praise the colorectal surgeon!

Thanks to the ASCO meeting and meeting up with some relatives here in Chicago, I didn’t quite finish what I was going to post this morning. There have been at least a couple of abstracts presented that I wouldn’t mind blogging about; I just haven’t gotten to them yet. I also haven’t forgotten about Jenny McCarthy’s upcoming antivaccination-fest in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. More will be forthcoming on these and other topics, perhaps even as early as later today.

In the meantime, I wanted to mention that that I walked by the booth for the Colorectal Association of Canada and their infamous “Watch Your Butt” campaign to try to encourage screening for colorectal cancer:

Butt (sorry, couldn’t resist), of course, to whom can one turn when one needs to “watch one’s butt” (besides EneMan)? The colorectal surgeon, of course! So, praise the colorectal surgeon:

Actually, when I was a resident, I once asked one of the colorectal surgeons why he had chosen the specialty. He told me that his patients were among the most grateful patients there are. You see, pooping is an incredibly important bodily function, and disorders that lead to incontinence have serious and deleterious lifestyle and social effects. If as a surgeon you can fix a patient’s incontinence problem you have done them an incredible good, and they tend to be very grateful.

So praise the colorectal surgeon indeed!

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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