IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

Reckless speculation--Are you out of your mind?

Santhosh santhosc at ESSEX.HSC.COLORADO.EDU
Thu Mar 31 12:34:37 EST 1994

glad to see rvival of classical neurology.

my thoght for today

No man's opinions are better than his information ---Paul Getty 1960

On Wed, 30 Mar 1994, Richard E. Cytowic MD wrote:

> In reply to a fascinating post about unilateral goosbumps in response 
> to stimuli in different modalaties, we get the following:
> >DATE:   28 MAR 94 18:01:06 GMT
> >FROM:   jtaenzler at vax.clarku.edu
> >
> >Have you ever had some sort of brain imaging?  Sounds like you could have
> >some sort of (congentital?) dysfunction of a lateral commissure (i.e.,
> >anterior commisure or a section of the corpus collossum).  Just an opinion,
> >not a diagnosis..................
> 	Are you out of your mind? Several peeves here, none of them pet:
> 1) The unthinking rush to imaging technology, as if that would give a 
> better "answer" than thoughtful reflection. The word diagnosis means 
> "through knowledge," not technology. Machines are superb--but not when 
> they're used for fishing expeditions.
> 2) The anterior commissure and callosum perform different functions, 
> and have different evolutionary histories. Does EITHER have anything to 
> do with hypothalamic, autonomic outflow (which is the subject of the 
> earlier post)? Your opinion is stupendously misplaced.
> 	The lady who ventured to share her experience in the original 
> post deserves better than this kind of thoughtless, reckless, and 
> potentially frightening reply.
> My aphorism for today:
> 	Opinion is best when backed with knowledge, taste, 
> and honerable intention.
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> Richard E. Cytowic, MD                  p00907 at psilink.com  
> 1611 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 2B        Fax:   202-265-3311
> Washington DC 20009-1033  USA           Voice: 202-265-8989

More information about the Neur-sci mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net