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Comment Re:Broad generalizations do not make good policy (Score 1) 467

The sham surgeries aren't done by fraudulent physicians. There have been studies done for knee pain, where patients are randomly selected for traditional arthroscopy versus a sham surgery, where arthroscopy style skin incisions are created, and then sewn shut. When the patient awakens, they don't know if they had actual surgery or not. This is the study's design, and all patients in the study agree to the randomization process. This is quite different that a surgeon "pretending" to do surgery to bill patient. That, of course, would be fraudulent, unethical, and illegal.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/347/2/81

(Can't make a link!! My coding-fu is weak this morning)

Comment A couple things... (Score 1) 625

As already mentioned, take a Space Pen. You can get them on eBay. Also, you ought to strongly consider taking an LED headlamp. They can be a lifesaver when it comes to sitting in a dark place and writing, or reading, or whatever. Check eBay for those too. I recommend Princeton Tec, as I sell them and have found them to be the best LED headlamp company.

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