Dear United States Preventive Services Task Force: I hoped, when you published your draft recommendation statement for Celiac Disease screening last May, that the feedback you received would discourage you from taking this further. It would have been far better for Celiac sufferers in the US — of whom over 80% are undiagnosed — if… Continue reading Dear USPSTF: You didn’t mean to feed these anti-Celiac monsters. But you did.
(This piece also appears on The Mighty.) I’m reading Northanger Abbey. It is a spoof of gothic novels of Jane Austen’s time, so I suspect I’m missing a lot of the humor. To understand it better, I’ve downloaded — free — some of the novels read by Northanger Abbey’s heroine, Catherine Morland. On that magical… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Caution to Female Patients