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Say it ain’t so, Sid!

I have some bad news for the medical blogosphere. Well, actually Sid Schwab does. Apparently, he’s decided to drop out of the blogosphere, at least for now.

Sid’s grown enormously as a blogger since he first started hawking his book a couple of years ago in the comments here. He got on my nerves at first, but I quickly took a liking to him and his blog, realizing that his early self-promotion came from his being new to the blogosphere and not realizing that too much of that sort of stuff is generally frowned upon. Now he’s a well-respected medical blogger, and definitely one of the best. The evidence is in his Sampler of some of his best posts. He does mention that he might go back into practice. If that happens, his community will only benefit from his surgical expertise.

Fortunately, he may not be gone forever. He leaves open the possibility of coming back. Personally, I hope he does. The blogging bug, once it bites, often won’t let go for long. A few months to recharge his batteries, and Sid may well find himself hearing the siren call of the blogosphere, luring him back.

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.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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