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Parasite

Secret Asian Man has heard tell that’s he’s acquired some followers and is quite appreciative.  He’s also quite aware that he’s been negligent in keeping those followers informed.  


I’ve also heard inquiries about how one follows this blog without waiting on notification on Facebook.  That’s easy to do.  

Just click on “Follow by Email” button somewhere over here ———————————>
You’ll get notified every time something gets posted here. I promise I won’t sell your name to anyone.


One interesting aspect of all this training is that you get to go back and review things that you’ve learned in the past.  Or maybe look at things in more depth.  


Recently, we spent two full days in the Tropical Medicine Department at the Uniformed Medical Health Services Hospital in Bethesda looking about all the invasive lifeforms that can harm you.  Schistosomiasis, Leishmaniasis, Ascariasis, Malaria etc.


It was like going back to Medical School but “funner.”  And, I’m not sure why that was. Maybe it was the flood of information that was being presented at the time way back when.  Maybe I was too distracted trying to find Mrs Secret Asian Man.  It may have been the teaching materials.  


Way back when we had textbook and microfiche photos that we spend hours pouring over, but nowadays, there’s YouTube which really makes the material a lot more interesting.  


If you’ve got time here’s a cool video on Malaria…..


And, if you have the stomach for it, here’s a really cool movie of a worm being extracted from someone’s gallbladder.  If I may be so Buzzfeed, you will be amazed by what you see at the 4:45 min mark! Seriously, you won’t stop watching.


But, we also studied things the old fashioned way, which was a good way to reinforce the learning.  We got out the microscopes made our own slides and spent hours looking at samples, trying to spot things that could be seen out in the field.  It really was more fun than you could imagine looking at feces and blood.  

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