A derm doc at Harvard has developed tattoo ink in polymer bead form that looks permanent, but can be lasered & absorbed if unwanted. Sounds like a very practical idea. From a business perspective, I bet it would give tattoo parlors more business since people wouldn’t be as reticent to get a tattoo. From a health perspective, it allows people to easily change their minds about ideas or things they thought they’d never, ever, never-in-a-million-years change their minds about.
Interestingly, a tattoo guy comments that the erasable ink is “cheating permanence.” Note that the ink looks permanent, according to this article. (It essentially is permanent if you want it to be.) Also note that regular tattoo removal can cost up to ~$10K and still not be completely removed. Assuming this ink will be more expensive than run-of-the-mill tattoo ink, it sounds like a relatively cheap insurance policy.
You know, just in case you decide the Taylor Hicks tattoo on your chest isn’t your style anymore.
Hey, I’m Cherokee, and I appreciate the opportunity Hoover has given me to blog a little bit.
About me…I’m a male, cynical, traditional medical student in my 4th year, and if all goes well I’m going into pathology. I won’t go into details right now, but for all of you med students who want to stay in medicine per se, pathology is honestly one of the best choices from my perspective. It’s often overlooked, either because of lack of exposure or misconceptions about the specialty.
Anyway, I’ve really appreciated this blog for the humor, the brutal honesty, and the advice. Truly a great place for premeds, med students, and residents alike to see another perspective that is rarely talked about among physicians-in-training: medicine is not for everyone, and for many people it can equal lots of unhappiness and unfulfillment.
As Hoover states on the “About” page, this site was essentially built on slamming medical school. So while more practical content should be added, tirades over stuff like how bad surgery blows should never stop. I look forward to contributing to the practical content as well as speaking out not only about how badly surgery blows, but also about how badly OB/Gyn blows.
I still rue the day I had to interact with my first funky vagina, and they are now officially the bane of my existence.
“Real” posts coming soon.