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The lateral collateral ligament (LCL), also known as the fibular collateral ligament, can be found on the outside of the knee connecting the femur to the fibula. Although not entirely sure that this was the ligament at fault, based on the location of my pain, I have chosen to hand it the blame for my […]

Risks of Mountaineering

In preparation of my small, civilized hike in the Himalayas, I chose to get in the mood by watching a couple documentaries on Everest and reading Nick Heil’s “Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season”. The first realization was that death is too much of a reality while climbing Everest. Over the […]

Beijing Pharmacy Experience

When wondering through the old parts of Beijing, I came across a beautiful Chinese “pharmacy”. I placed the word pharmacy in quotes because I would have been hard pressed to find Advil, Tylenol and multi-vitamins. Instead, in this multi-storied building, I found things like flying squirrel feces, rhinoceros horns, snake oils, and turtle shells. I […]

The Dance of Travel Immunizations

In medicine, I’ve always heard that it never hurts to get a second opinion.  But in the case of travel immunizations, more opinions may mean a little more pain because they usually mean more pokes in the arm by long, sharp, shiny needles.  That said, when I didn’t cry, I sometimes received some celebratory lollypops.  […]