Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Did You Catch These: 2008

There are not many Child Psychiatry Blogs out there and the Cockroach Catcher feels compelled to fill in the gap and bring you the latest in the world that concerns child psychiatry.

Today happens to be a year since I published my book The Cockroach Catcher and first started venturing into the blogosphere. Below is my personal review of the year’s postings.

Child Psychiatry seems to prefer the As:

There are of course the notable Bs:
Two of the longest blogs were:
Adoption Adoption Adoption, which highlighted the plight of a young child dumped in Hong Kong by her Dutch adoptive parents, who happened to be diplomats;


and Asperger's Syndrome, Libel and Thalidomide, which summarised a number of notorious cases, including the plot of Gordon Brown to tax the compensation for thalidomide patients.

One of my personal favourites is:


Anorexia Nervosa: What If!


Medicine blogging is a world wide phenomenon and generally ethical which offers a glimmer of hope to a profession that is being sidelined in the U.K. But we will fight on.

And for those who have not yet discovered the world of Medical Grand Rounds, check these out:
Grand Rounds

On looking back at my year’s Medicine blog, I find my all time favourite to be: Teratoma: One Patient One Disease? A thirty year puzzle finally got answered.


This is best read as a follow-up to Teratoma: An Extract, which is in fact a chapter from my book.


Nobel Prize: Morality and Medicine is worth reading for the morality question that was raised. On the question of morality, let the blog Chiropractic: Strokes and Class Action be a warning to those who seek to remove the primacy of medical discipline.

There is a very useful contribution from a colleague:

A Brief History of Time: CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) A quick read may help you to save someone’s life at a wedding or some other social event.

To counter balance the more serious postings, try the more light hearted:


A surprisingly large number of readers searched and looked at:




Golf, Cholera and Tiger Woods.

However, who would have guessed that the posting that won the highest number of hits was: Picasso and Tradition?

Is this proof that culture is not completely dead?

Of the postings about food, you will be surprised at the material presented in: Quinoa: the super grain

My personal favourite and that of FOODIES:
Chinese New Year and the Goose


Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox, will be arriving soon, time for another dose of quality meat and fat.

Wine buffs should take a good look at:
Pleasure Principle and Wine, which is of course my very personal view.


Now on to something close to my heart: Cockroaches

Of these, the most popular blog seems to be: Seroxat and Ribena,

about two school girls taking on a giant.

Others worthy of another look include:
Bipolar Disorder in Children

ADHD: Why?

Alaska Zyprexa: Follow Up

It Pays To Be A Taditionalist: Seroxat

Bipolar and ADHD: Boys and Breasts

Antipsychotics: Really?

Those regular readers of The Jobbing Doctor, Dr Rant and NHS Blog Doc will realise the significance of:

Hemlock: Biology, Shakespeare, Socrates, House, M.D.

Additional coverage of this can be found in: Ward 87, Chez Sam, Witch Doctor, NHS Exposed and Dr Grumble. The cover-up was rather sad for medicine and for mankind. It would be sadder still if the powers were to try to control blogging.

Important links in the year:
NHS Blog Doc
Mental Nurse
Jobbing Doctor
And of course Huffington Post.

If you need more clues, you can find some earlier blogs in:
Did you catch these?
Did you catch the May Blogs
Blogging Addiction Disorder (BAD)

Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank all past readers for their support and encouragement. Do please keep the comments coming and the debates going!

2 comments:

Helen Yuet Ling Pang said...

Hello Cockroach Catcher! Are you going to make the Teochiu goose for Chinese New Year again? Just saw the photo and it looks so delicious. I'm going to my relatives for dinner, but I know for a fact there will be no Teochiu goose...

Am Ang Zhang said...

Only if we can get hold of a goose. There is a variation in that some traditional Teochiu friend told us: use only coriander including the bulbs for the herb and not the five spice. May be you will need to investigate as it sounds authentic to me and in fact it tastes wonderful. So no five spices. That is another secret.

Thanks Helen.