Started year 2 today. I’m trying to both keep up with school as well as TA anatomy for the first years, so it’s going to be a busy year. I hope to keep up with weblogging and such; I’ve decided to stop using IM, as it’s a total waste of time, and I’d much rather talk to a friend on the phone, anyway.
A couple good lines from the Microbiology professor today:
* “The ratio of non-human cells to human cells in your body is something like 100,000:1.” What you consider “you” or “your body” is more non-human than human. Yikes.
* “A fine patina of feces exists on every surface in the developed world, and might not be so fine in the third world.” That’s pleasant.
* “My goal in teaching this class is to make you my doctor.” Such an excellent perspective–trying to put it in a personal context, to have us learn what we need to learn in order to meet his criteria so that he’d trust us enough to send a family member to us.
Microbiology is the study of pathogens–that is, bacteria, viruses (virii?), worms, and other parasites. The professor’s very enthusiastic, and has that “I wear a bowtie so I’m allowed to be zany” attitude. A busy, but exciting quarter!