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Comment: Re:Necessary? (Score 5, Informative) 199

by Pronkzilla (#30305270) Attached to: Brain of Patient H.M. Being Sliced, Streamed Live
I am a pathology resident who has done about ten autopsies and from my limited experience I can say that this practice is absolutely necessary. The reasoning behind sectioning the brain is to obtain tissue for histologic examination (i.e. under a microscope). This is done to correlate clinical or radiologic findings with actual disease processes. A simple example would be a case of a small brain hemorrhage, where the radiologist thinks he/she sees some bleeding in a certain area of the brain. On autopsy, we can slice up the brain, take sections to be processed and placed on a glass slide, and actually look at the brain microscopically to confirm that there was indeed hemorrhage in the area of brain suspected by the radiologist. Also, brain sectioning/microscopic evaluation can reveal lesions or abnormalities that are not visible to the radiologist (i.e. early Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.)

Comment: QBasic and Scorched Earth (Score 1) 718

by Pronkzilla (#22054816) Attached to: What Was Your First Gaming Experience?
Anyone remember 'Gorillas'? It came with some QBasic package that my dad was running on a 386. That also reminds me of 'Schorched Earth' which my brother and I would play for hours, flinging 'Death heads' at random off the bouncy walls to see how many AI tanks named 'Wilbert' or 'Deiter' we could smash into oblivion.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"