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Feb 11, 2013

If the rectum were a simple tube, it would be like a fecal sluice gate every time stool arrived. But itʼs not just a tube. It has an elegant sphincter system that can automatically tell solid -from gas- from liquid. What other muscle in the human body has that sort of intelligence? Understanding anal abscesses means...

Nov 5, 2010

If you are an EM:RAP listener, this is the video I talked about in the November episode on abscess managment. It goes through the steps of a new technique for draining a cutaneous abscess as described in this article.

I am a huge fan of this procedure and use it on most abscesses that I would have otherwise packed. Why...

May 14, 2010

We review's 2x loupes. I've been seeing ads for these in the throwaway journals for the past few months and for $150 they seemed too good to be true. Tune in and see what we found.