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Personal stuff

If you enjoy watching someone deteriorate with age, I have a series of personal photos from 2011, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1993, 1989, 1986, 1981, 1977, circa 1976, 1971, and 1969. The obsessive-compulsive reader can peruse some boring credentials on my curriculum vitae. Some brief movie reviews of mine are posted on the Internet Movie Database, and I have book and video reviews on my member page at Amazon.com. If you're interested in the Uthman family genealogy, check out the Charles Uthman page, dedicated to the memory of my uncle and other departed kin.

I have some videos (including musical performances) on my YouTube channel.. I keep publicly downloadable files on Wuala.

I am the co-owner of PATHO-L, founded in 1994 by Vijay Varma, MD. It is the oldest continuously active pathology-oriented online discussion group. This is an international mailing list ("listserv") for individuals interested in the practice of anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine. We welcome not only pathologists, but also histo- and cytotechnologists, histologic technicians, practice administrators, risk managers, quality managers, and students looking into pathology as a career. To subscribe, visit the Web interface and fill in the blanks there

I enjoy photography and post most of that work on my Flickr account. Some of my images have been edited into Wikipedia. Many of those can be found in my Wikimedia gallery.

You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

But enough of moi...

Original pathology- and lab medicine-related resources

Everything in this section is free for noncommercial use, unless otherwise stated.

HTML documents

A Screenwriter's Guide to the Autopsy is a narrative account of a routine autopsy for the use of novelists and screenwriters. I have gone into great detail as to sights, smells, and character sketches ["The classic Usenet FAQ for screenwriters" -- American Medical News, 12/15/97] 27K.

Autopsy Tools is is photo gallery and glossary of the instruments used by prosectors in performing autopsies.

Lab Test Interpretation is an encyclopedic resource aimed at health professionals. It lists the major routine clinical lab tests offered in a chemistry profile and complete blood count and gives many of the diagnostic possibilities for abnormal values of each.

Gross Specimen Photography is an introduction to photography in general and is aimed at junior pathology residents who are confronted for the first time with having to take gross photographs of specimens. There are also a few links to other good photography Web resources.

Exotic Infections is a companion piece to my sophomore med student lecture covering Lyme disease, non-venereal treponematoses, plague, cholera, typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rickettsialpox, and ehrlichiosis, with extensive historical notes.

Forensic Pathology is a companion to an introductory lecture on the subject for medical students. It is very basic.

Forensic Pathology Careers: Frequently Asked Questions is something I put together in response to all the folks who have written me about their desire to look into a career in forensic pathology. Be warned: these are my opinions only. You may also wish to check out the Web site of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

The Biopsy Report: A Patient's Guide is a patient education piece for those who would like to try their hand at understanding their biopsy report. It deals with types of biopsies, tissue processing and examination, and gross and microscopic descriptions. It also has a glossary of pathologic terms.

Tips For Making Good Pap Smears is a brief piece on how to get a good smear and minimize the number of smears unnecessarily classified as atypical. This is aimed at gynecologists, primary care physicians, midwives, nurses, and others who collect Paps.

The Red Cell and Anemia is a series of 5 HTML documents. For the downloadable .PDF version see below.

  1. Blood cells and the CBC is an illustrated introduction to the types of human blood cells and their assessment with the routine complete blood count (CBC). This is part 1 (of 5) of "The Red Cell and Anemia" (see below) but includes photomicrographs.

  2. Anemia: Pathophysiologic Consequences, Classification, and Clinical Investigation is the HTML version of part 2 of "The Red Cell and Anemia."

  3. Nutritional Anemias and Anemia of Chronic Disease is the HTML version of part 3 of "The Red Cell and Anemia." Included are iron, folate, and B12 deficiencies.

  4. Hemolytic Anemias is the HTML version of part 4 of "The Red Cell and Anemia."

  5. Hemoglobinopathies and Thalassemias is the HTML version of part 5 (and last) of "The Red Cell and Anemia." It covers sickle cell disease, hemoglobins C and E, and alpha- and beta-thalassemias.

Hematopathologic Phenotypes Made Mockingly Simple: A Remedy For CDphobia, by Margaret Uthman, MD (artwork and layout by me) consists of two flow charts that attempt to impose some order on the cacophony of cluster designators used in the diagnostic evaluation of lymphomas and leukemias. This is aimed at pathology residents, general pathologists, and flow cytometry lab staffers.

Understanding Anemia, my first book, is now available in hardback and paper. The publisher has graciously allowed me to post the full text of Chapter 1 online. You can access it through the book outline at this link.

Longevity of U.S. Presidents. Did 20th century health care help modern presidents live longer than their 19th century counterparts? You may be surprised.

Elemental Composition of the Body is a simple table that lists, in descending order of abundance, all 59 chemical elements present in measurable amounts in the human body. For each element, the table shows 1) the weight of element present in a 70-kilogram person, 2) the volume occupied by that much of the purified element, and 3) how big a cube made up of that quantity of purified element would be.

.PDF documents

"The Red Cell and Anemia" is a companion to a sophomore med student lecture I give on this subject. It is 51 pages long, 19000 words, and has line drawings and tables. It is just about everything you would need to teach red cell diseases to med students and medical technology students. 228K.

"Hematologic Infections", co-written with my wife, Margaret, is a lecture syllabus covering granulomatous lymphadenitis (fungal and bacterial), cat scratch disease, toxoplasmosis, Epstein-Barr virus (including infectious mononucleosis, Burkitt's lymphoma, and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder), visceral leishmaniasis, malaria, lymphatic filariasis, parvovirus B19, HTLV-1, and a little bit on HIV. 11 pages, 4200 words, 34K.

"Bacterial Sepsis" is the syllabus for a lecture on bacterial sepsis aimed at second-year medical students. 8 pages, 3300 words, 27K.

"Pathology For Colon & Rectal Surgeons" is much more than that. Written by my erudite partner, Gerry del Junco, MD, this 73-page formatted document is the ultimate pathology Board-review resource in intestinal pathology. Just add photos, and you've got the equivalent of a $200 subspecialty textbook for free (non-commercial use only, please). This is the 2002 revision. 393K.

"Surgical Pathology Quality Assurance Score Sheet" is a weighted scoring form for reporting QA case reviews in surgical pathology. Every case starts with a "zero" score and gets points deducted for various deficiencies. Guidelines are given for how many points to deduct for each peccadillo. There is also a native version of this 8K file in Microsoft Word format, for those who wish to edit it.

"Beyond the Paraffin Curtain: The Pathologist As Laboratory Director" is a printed companion for a talk I gave to the Texas Society of Pathologists Young Pathologists Section in 2012. These are my thoughts on how to approach the job of serving as a clinical laboratory medical director.

RhoGam Flowchart is an algorithm for working up parturient mothers for treatment with Rh(D)-immune globulin (RhoGam). This is used to prevent hemolytic disease of the newborn in subsequent pregnancies in Rh(D)-negative women.

Timeline of Human Evolution is a one-page crib sheet covering salient points in the pre-history of our species, from our divergence from the ancestors of the chimpanzee to about 12,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens was left as the sole hominin on the planet.

Pathology images

This is a collection of specimen images that I have released into the public domain. The index page is here. The image files are all JPEG with longest dimension between 550 and 650 pixels.

Since my ISP limits my space here severely, I have begun to add specimen images to a section in my Flickr account. The images there have much higher resolution than those here.

Other binary files

"Placenta" is a downloadable Stuffit archive containing my spreadsheet for calculating normal ranges of placental weights and plotting an individual patient's placental weight on the resulting nomogram. The spreadsheet can be modified with your institution's logo and your personal signature line by anyone who has a bit of working knowledge of Microsoft Excel. There are two files in the archive. PLACENTA.XLS is the spreadsheet template itself, and PLACDOC.TXT is documentation on how to use the spreadsheet. Public domain, 15K.

"Grouper" (version 2.1) is a Microsoft Excel worksheet that accepts up to 1000 numerical datapoints, calculates descriptive statistics of the sample, collates the data into a user- specified number of groups, and draws a histogram of the grouped data. It can also accept user-specified exclusion criteria, allowing outliers to be filtered out of the dataset before the histogram is constructed. I developed it as an aid to determine lab test reference ranges. This is a Stuffit archive containing the spreadsheet, GROUPER.XLS, and the documentation, GROUPER.TXT. Public domain, 56K.

"A Taxonomic Guide to the Pathology Kingdom" is a PowerPoint presentation on pathology as a career, comparing the world of academic pathology with that of private practice. This will be pretty obscure for anyone who is not fascinated by scientific names of biological species. You have been warned. 44K.


What would a home page be without rants? The following are short opinion pieces on various subjects, mostly concerning pathology and laboratory medicine:

And now for something completely different...

This is a trashcan section that I will be using as a depository for stuff that I write that has nothing to do with medicine.

Abolish the Electoral College? Dream On. So, you think we should elect the US president by direct popular vote? I've done the numbers. Read 'em and weep.

Interesting Facts About the Byzantine Emperors came from some reading I was doing about ten years ago. At that time, I concluded (correctly, as it turns out) that I would never remember any of it unless I took notes.

Commencement Address, 1994 Medical Laboratory Technician Class, Wharton County (Texas) Junior College. OK, so maybe this does have something to do with medicine, but it's really just my first attempt to write a semi- serious inspirational/motivational speech. Was I successful? Decide for yourself.

Voltaire Timeline is a summary of important events during the life of Voltaire (1694-1778) juxtaposed on events in his personal life.

Newton's Times is a one-page Microsoft Word document that shows a timeline of scientific and technical advancement during the life of Isaac Newton (25 Dec 1642 - 20 Mar 1727). This is the handout from a brief talk I gave on Newton.


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