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Letter to Students – October 30, 2014

Letter to Students – October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

My final post. -Victoria TO: All ESU Medical Students & Recent Grads FROM: Victoria Frankenstein DATE: October 30th, 2014 It is likely we did not know each other (though some of you may know me as “that gunner with the red hair”). My name is Victoria Frankenstein and I am a recent graduate of Engle […]

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#CreatureDay2 – Episode 23

#CreatureDay2 – Episode 23

October 28, 2014

I attempt one last experiment with the help of Iggy and Dr. Waldman. Read my thoughts on the hypothetical need for a mate here.

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The Hypothetical Need For a Mate

The Hypothetical Need For a Mate

October 27, 2014

I will admit that I am not as well read in the social sciences as might be appropriate for a dedicated academic like myself. (We can debate whether social science should truly qualify as ‘sciences’ at all at a later date.) In my defense, medical biology has little to do with social science concepts like […]

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Friends with Words – Episode 22

Friends with Words – Episode 22

October 24, 2014

Iggy and I continue to track down the Creature. Read our account of hunting the Creature here.

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Field Notes: Creature Tracking

Field Notes: Creature Tracking

October 23, 2014

VICTORIA’S NOTES: NIGHT 1 12:00am: Pursuit of Creature begins. Conditions: 37 °F. Mild clouds. Moon: Waning crescent. 12:25am: Optimal conditions to entrap the Creature allow one to sneak up on him. Unfortunately, Iggy’s pee pee dance is not helping in this matter. 12:40am: While Iggy is taking care of his elimination needs, I rechecked our […]

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#CreatureSighting Reports: Timeline of Events

#CreatureSighting Reports: Timeline of Events

October 20, 2014

After the police failed to take my evidence seriously, I turned to you all to help me track The Creature. Thanks to you, we are working towards an accurate mapping of his actions after escaping the lab at ESU. Below are reports that circulated across social media of creature sightings that occurred between the timeline of […]

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The Responsibility of the Scientist: A Cloud of Uncertainty

The Responsibility of the Scientist: A Cloud of Uncertainty

October 16, 2014

Just a few short weeks ago, I graduated from medical school and took the Hippocratic Oath. Though it doesn’t actually contain the phrase, “First do no harm,” the modern version of the Oath that I took does include several passages about the physician’s responsibilities to her patients and to society as a whole. In light […]

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Understanding the Basics of Infection

Understanding the Basics of Infection

October 9, 2014

Between all the headlines about Ebola and the surprising results of my recent experiment, I thought it was a good time to revisit the basics of infection. If the subject is in fact alive,  I’m determined to leave no stone unturned to determine how he has managed to fight off the infections I thought would […]

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I Answer Your Questions… With Iggy’s Help

I Answer Your Questions… With Iggy’s Help

September 29, 2014

In honor of our graduation, Iggy and I took it upon ourselves to answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions to us. As you can see from our answers below, we have varying degrees of agreement on certain topics. I suggest when in doubt, go with mine. Claire Boreham: Tell us about […]

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The Brain Formally Known as Robert

The Brain Formally Known as Robert

September 25, 2014

Some of you may believe the old myth that we only use 10% of our brains. And while interactions with various customer service representatives (or incompetent lab partners), may lead you to believe in the veracity of such claims, this ‘fact’ remains conclusively false. But, despite much proof to the contrary, the myth has lived […]

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