Saturday, September 24, 2016

Which Reflex Hammer Should I Buy? Comparison Review (MDF, Pedia Pals, Queens square, Tromner)

which reflex hammer should i buy for medical school
Which reflex hammer should I buy for medical school? I found this a bit difficult to google and below are my opinions of a few I tried out over the last 2 months. A few more on the way as are images. Let me know what you think about these in the comment section and I can incorporate your feedback in a new section on each.
MDF Tromner
Comments: Well balanced. By far the easiest to use especially in infants and small children.
Reflexes:  4+, watch where you stand doing patellars with this one (or wear a cup).
Portability: Small but heavy.
Price: $20 on amazon
Overall Strength: 5/5

MDF Queen Square
Comments: Well balanced but inconveniently long. Phrasing. See the comments on amazon for a joke about the handle of this one a part of the anatomy of a dog.
Reflexes:  3+
Portability: Long
Price: $13 on amazon
Overall Strength: 4/5

Taylor Neuro Hammer
Comments: Also known and the regular one. Small easy to use. All you really need for MS3. Buy it in orange.
Reflexes:  3+
Portability: Small light and easy to carry.
Price: $8 on amazon
Overall Strength: 4/5

MDF Babinski Telescoping
Comments: This the hammer that made me make this guide as it was disappointment at the price. It telescopes and the head rotates 90 degrees for portability. Easy to fit into a back pocket or white coat. My particular copy was a bit sticky on telescoping, shaky at the head and the brush came with pre damaged fibers. Reverse end perfect for shanking in line at the cafeteria or improving medical student presentations.
Reflexes:  2+, the balance is a bit tricky with the inflexible
Portability: Small but heavy. Telescopes and folds to fit easily in pocket.
Price: $34 on amazon
Overall Strength: 3/5

Pedia Pals Dino
Comments: Cute and a fun toy for the child (or bewildered adult) to hold while you do the rest of your exam. Not very effective for the primary task.
Reflexes: 1+, hard to use as most weight is evenly distributed throughout. Will leave you wondering "Is this Guillain-Barre?"
Portability: Small and light.
Price: $15 on amazon.
Overall Strength: 2/5

3M Littman Cardiology III
Comments: The most expensive but by far the best for auscultation. Not for use when the neurologist is looking, on reflexes other than patellar.
Reflexes: 1+
Portability: wears well over shoulders or for the more fashion conscious in a holster.
Price: $165 on amazon.
Overall Strength: 2/5

Reflex mnemonic

Saturday, July 16, 2016

pseudolithos cubiformis flowering

pseudolithos cubiformis flowering blooming
It has been a more than 2 year wait but this pseudolithos cubiformis is finally flowering. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ms. Piggy Baby Halloween costume diy

 Sorry to be lame but started with an amazon baby pig costume. As a warning the costume runs large and as you can see she did not fit in the body part and we only used the hat.

Added some eyes with sharpie and crayon on construction paper. These pictured herb Scissors (link is to another brand which I have not tried before) made for simple lashes even though they are terrible for cutting herbs.
 Hair is just yarn as you would suspect.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Amazon discount code

Oh boy the rare amazon discount code: LATRYNOW 20 dollars of 50. Prime now in LA only. Just made an order and will let you know how it worked out.

Update: Pretty quick and smooth. Groceries are overpriced and would not recommend.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How to hang a swing on an angled tree branch and have it swing straight

So far I have set this up with one rope attaching at the bottom of the branch on the higher side (left side of photo) and attaching the rope so it swings from the side of the branch on the lower side (right side of photo). I tied them the same way but through the lower side over the branch. This is almost but not quite adequate to make the it swing straight. Any thoughts out there? I of course could build a frame or find a better brach but was hoping for an elegant solution using the rope only.

I ended up getting this Bucket Toddler Swing as it was the cheapest decent looking one on line at the time. Pretty happy with it. Very solidly built.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Box and Whisker chart on Excel for Mac template

how to box and whisker plot for excel on mac

I put this together on Excel 2010 for Mac based on this page:

I won't go into the how details because you can work it out from her post. If you want to use the template I have posted here

Since it is a rare statistics related post I will give props to the medical stats book I am using these days. Medical Statistics: A Textbook for the Health Sciences