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Plastic Rap

A temporary home page entry

There is an online petition to have the publishers of the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Infectious Disease stop sending the journals in plastic bags. I have bitched about plastic covering the journals for years and the lack of a electronic only version but never thought to start a petition.

Here it is

Stop medical journals from being wrapped in plastic

Plastics, especially those in the oceans, are a disaster:

After investigating, the El Valle Wildlife Rescue Center determined that the sperm whale was killed by gastric shock to its stomach and intestines after ingesting 64 pounds of plastic. The autopsy found plastic bags, nets, ropes, plastic sacks, and even a plastic jerrycan in the whale's stomach and intestines.

I would not be surprised if one of those plastic bags once held a copy of CID.

So far only 350 have signed.

Not that it will do anything, as those from the IDSA who have responded have noted the plastic is needed for advertising reasons and income would plummet if they stopped using plastic bags.

Has there ever been a medical society or organization that puts health ahead of profits? Be it the AMA with Sunbeam or the IDSA killing off a few cetaceans, they don't give a rats ass as long the money rolls in. There are more Scott Pruitts in charge than you might suspect.

Over at the ID Exchange, where the discussion has been taking place, some commenter asked to see the IDSA budget to see just how much of an impact getting rid of the plastic would make.

Yeah right. And they will be releasing that around the same time as the Trump tax returns and for the same reason. 

Both journals have almost 10,000 subscribers. CID has 9909 subscribers, is twice a month, so makes 237,816 plastic bags a year.

JID is also twice a year with 9654 subscribers, or 231,696 bags a year.

Together that is 469,512 bags a year, enough to kill a pod of whales.

So what are you going to do? I mean besides signing the petition.

Here in Oregon we were the first in the nation with bottle return, making sure that the glass and aluminum were responsibly recycled.

I am going to send my plastic bags back to their producer 

Infectious Diseases Society of America 1300 Wilson Boulevard Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22209

so that just like my beer bottles, the plastic bags can be responsibly recycled by their producers and not end up in the belly of a sea creature. 

You should always return unwanted products to the maker, right?

I suspect that if they had all their plastic bags returned they would soon stop sending them to us.

That's just my plan. You can do what you want.

And if you are bored send this to every health care provider you know.


When ever I ask my youngest some pop culture question for a podcast or blog entry, he says "Being edgy again Dad?"


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You may not know this, but for a year I blogged on my own. Eventually Medscape recognized my what? pathology? genius? click bait value? and asked me to blog there.

I had self-published the essays in a volume that received good reviews by readers. 4.5 Stars on Amazon and a 3.89 on Goodreads, but they complained about the lack of copy editing.

No longer. Bitingduck press is my publisher and has collected, edited, and organized the two years Rubor, Dolor, Calor Tumor blog entries, now available on Kindle for a mere $5.99   or as a paperback.

Puswhisperer: A Year in the Life of an Infectious Disease Doctor.

Pushwhisperer 2: Another Year of Pus.

The perfect gift for the pus lover in your life.

Flies in the Ointment: Essays on Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM).

A carefully selected and edited compendium of the best of Dr. Mark Crislip (the Puswhisperer)’s blog posts from The sections have been edited for redundancy, updated for 2017, and classified into themes.

On Amazon.

A review: A Cornucopia of Crislip

An Infectious Diseases Compendium: A Persiflagers Guide

Online Version

Your Uber-hyperlinked guide to Infectious Diseases.

All the content of the mobile app, always free.

Version 18.04.02 Released 04/02/18.

An Infectious Diseases Compendium: A Persiflagers Guide

Mobile Application

Your uber hyperlinked electronic guide to Infectious Diseases.

Multiple versions:

1) iOs .  Has life time content updates, search, note taking ability.  $5.99. On iTunes.

2) Android versions available.  $3.99.

Persiflagers Infectious Disease Puscast

A twice a month podcast review of the Infectious Disease literature. On iTunes.

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The m4a rss feed is

Cut and paste them into your favorite podcast program or subscribe on iTunes

ID Factoid

And get your daily ID factoid on twitter: @idfactoid

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Gobbet o' Pus

The podcast Adventures of a Pus Whisperer.  My podcast rendition of the ID blog. On iTunes.

Rubor, Dolor, Calor, Tumor

My Medscape Infections Disease blog, the Adventures of a Pus Whisperer.

A winner (one of many) of 2008 Science Blogs Open Laboratory award.

Requires a free Medscape membership.

Science-Based Medicine

Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine. I blogged twice a month for a decade until 6/17, when I retired. These blog entries are collected in a book to be release early in 2018. 


A Podcast review of Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SCAMS). On iTunes.

Winner of the The People's Choice Podcast Awards  2009, 2010, 2011 Best Podcast, Health and Medicine.

On a probably permanent hiatus as of 6/17