Commentary on medical news by a practicing physician.

  • Epocrates MedSearch Drug Lookup


    "When many cures are offered for a disease, it means the disease is not curable" -Anton Chekhov

    ''Once you tell people there's a cure for something, the more likely they are to pressure doctors to prescribe it.''
    -Robert Ehrlich, drug advertising executive.

    "Opinions are like sphincters, everyone has one." - Chris Rangel

    email: medpundit-at-ameritech.net

    or if that doesn't work try:


    Medpundit RSS

    Quirky Museums and Fun Stuff

    Who is medpundit?

    Tech Central Station Columns

    Book Reviews:
    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    Read the Review

    More Reviews

    Second Hand Book Reviews


    Medical Blogs


    DB's Medical Rants

    Family Medicine Notes

    Grunt Doc




    Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse

    Feet First

    Tales of Hoffman

    The Eyes Have It


    SOAP Notes


    Cut-to -Cure

    Black Triangle



    Kevin, M.D

    The Lingual Nerve

    Galen's Log



    Doctor Mental



    Finestkind Clinic and Fish Market

    The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

    Chronicles of a Medical Mad House



    Health Facts and Fears

    Health Policy Blogs

    The Health Care Blog

    HealthLawProf Blog

    Facts & Fears

    Personal Favorites

    The Glittering Eye

    Day by Day


    The Business Word Inc.

    Point of Law

    In the Pipeline


    Tim Blair

    Jane Galt

    The Truth Laid Bear

    Jim Miller

    No Watermelons Allowed

    Winds of Change

    Science Blog

    A Chequer-Board of Night and Days

    Arts & Letters Daily

    Tech Central Station





    The Skeptic's Dictionary

    Recommended Reading

    The Doctor Stories by William Carlos Williams

    Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Fenn

    Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard

    Raising the Dead by Richard Selzer

    Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

    The Sea and Poison by Shusaku Endo

    A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich



    American Academy of Pediatrics

    General Health Info

    Travel Advice from the CDC

    NIH Medical Library Info



    Friday, September 23, 2005

    New Age Red Cross: Israel's version of the Red Cross - Magen David Adom - has been trying for years to join the International Red Cross, but the sticking point has been the use of a Star of David as their symbol. Now, they might get a chance to join, as long as they use a crystal as their symbol:

    The organisation's decision comes in response to sustained pressure from Israel's national first aid and ambulance organisation, Magen David Adom, which has been campaigning for a change for 50 years and which now looks likely to achieve membership of the movement.

    The Magen David Adom organisation, whose name means 'red star of David' and which also provides blood services, has been excluded from membership on the grounds that it has not been prepared to use either the cross or crescent symbols. The Israeli government and the organisation itself have claimed that the real reason has been opposition to its membership from Muslim and Arab countries.

    Now representatives from two thirds of the 123 countries that attended a meeting in Geneva last week have told the Swiss government that they approve the addition of a third emblem alongside the red cross and red crescent. Although the new emblem strongly resembles a diamond shape, it is going to be known as a crystal, because the diamond symbol has adverse connotations, recalling memories of the diamond slave trade in Africa.

    Why not put the crystal on it's side, so it looks like a square? Then no one will be offended. (Here is a graphic, as well as the history behind the Red Cross symbol.) Better yet, make it the universal symbol for the Red Cross regardless of nationality. That way, it would be harder to target enemy ambulance services in battle. It also might make the International Red Cross more willing to crack down on abuses of ambulance services, such as using them as bomb transports. A single identifying symbol would make the whole organization appear as culpable as any one of its parts.

    posted by Sydney on 9/23/2005 11:05:00 PM 0 comments


    Post a Comment

    This page is powered by Blogger, the easy way to update your web site.

    Main Page


    Home   |   Archives

    Copyright 2006