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Polite Dissent



a blog of medicine, comics, television, science and other fun stuff



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Friday Nurse Day: Color Her White

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:06:35 +0000

Last week we looked at student nurse Lee Barry’s first appearance in Three Nurses #18. Her second appearance I covered in a previous Friday Nurse Day post a while back. I don’t own Three Nurse #20, so we’ll skip ahead to her fourth appearance in Three Nurses #21. Be warned that nursing is [...]



Monday PSA: Antarctica – The Frozen South!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:13:20 +0000

Click on the image for the full ad With winter finally getting started in much of the nation (though no snow here in southern Illinois, much to my son’s disappointment), this seems like a good time for the first of two Antarctica PSAs. Today, “Antarctica – The Frozen South,” from Dell Four Color #845: The [...]



Friday Nurse Day: Confidential Diary of a Student Nurse

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:00:02 +0000

In 1963 and ‘64, Charlton Comics published six issues of Three Nurses. Each issue of this romance comic features a trio of stories, one featuring student nurse Lee Barry, another starring registered nurse Anne Allen, and a final story with visiting nurse Nancy White. Each issue also contained a few text features and [...]



Save Up to Half!

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:12:08 +0000

This has got to be my new favorite classic comic book ad. Accordions? Was there a really enough demand for accordions to place a half-page ad in, of all things, a nurse romance comic?1,2 1. Three Nurses #23 (Charlton, March 1964) 2. Probably not, because this is the only comic I’ve ever seen the [...]



Doctor Strange: A Medical Review

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:50:22 +0000

A review of the medical scenes in Doctor Strange. There will be spoilers, so be warned! I. DR. STRANGE’S INJURY The heart is surrounded by a tough fibrous membrane called the pericardial sac. This membrane fits tightly around the heart, with just a few milliliters of fluid in between the two. If extra [...]



The Great American Smoke-Out 2016

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:06:39 +0000

It’s the Great American Smoke-Out today, the annual nationwide attempt to get people to stop smoking. Here’s a couple images regarding the dangers of smoking, which everybody already knows, right? Then here’s my favorite picture of misplaced priorities: Finally, here’s a couple of actual comic-book related smoking links: PSA: Smoking is for Squares Spider-Man, Storm, and Power Man Battle Smoke [...]



Meanwhile, in the Fortress of Solitude

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:10:15 +0000

Superman plays with his mineral collection in this scene from Action Comics #550. Some great samples here, including amnesium, trolium, arsite, vrolite, and delite. Tags: comics medicine superman fortress as solitude



Monday PSA: Rock the Vote

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:08:12 +0000

With the Presidential election tomorrow, here is an appropriate PSA from Justice League Quarterly #9. More PSAs Tags: comics psa vote



Your Weekend Moments of Psychic Nosebleed Zen: Celeste

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 04:33:34 +0000

In Uncanny X-Men #17, Cyclops strands his students in tabula rasa, and Celeste (one of the Stepford Cuckoos) tries to read the mind of some of the local inhabitants with — shall we say — mixed results. All previous Psychic Nosebleed Zen posts. Tags: comics medicine nosebleed x-men celeste stepford cuckoos psychic



Medical Review of Pure Genius, episode 2: “It’s Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider Silk Surgery”

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 05:09:11 +0000

Back to the utopic ultra-technological hospital Bunker Hill, run by tech genius James Bell (trying too hard to pull off Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor) and “seventh best surgeon in the world” (apparently there’s a list) Dr. Walter Wallace. The first patient is Amelia, who has vanishing bile duct syndrome — a particularly nasty type of drug-induced [...]