idiopathic anaphylaxis information center

a resource for people with ia and other mast cell disorders


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Introduction to our blog

Scan of 1848 American Phrenology Journal cover, from Wikimedia Commons

The point of this blog is to provide a place where we can share bits of news, insights, information, opinions, and ideas — whether half- or fully-baked.

While most of this site has been written and documented with extraordinary care, the material in our blog is more free-flowing and spontaneous. Some of the blog entries may evolve into new articles for this site. This section gives you a chance to see them in their earliest form — and to share your own ideas or responses.

We do require people to register before they post a comment, and posts from new people will be reviewed before they are made public — this is done to prevent spam or inappropriate material from filling up the blog's comments section.

About that illustration…

You may wonder why I chose the cover of an 1848 phrenology [out-dated idea that the bumps on the outside of someone's head correspond to the internal development of the brain cortex — it was all the rage 150 years ago] journal as the visual logo for this blog. The more obvious choice, I suppose, would have been an illustration of a mast cell, since I specialize in helping people learn more about mast cell-related diseases.

But this blog isn’t just about the subject matter. It’s as much about the process of sifting, pondering, and bumping neurons together. In other words, it’s also about what’s in my head and what happens in my head. And my head is a very busy place — not unlike the head of that poor soul on the cover of the phrenology publication.

And if I’m lucky, via the comments to my blog, other busy brains will get involved in the dialogue and exploration. That’s my hope, anyway.


Page last updated: January 18, 2012

All information contained in this site is one layperson's interpretation of medical journal articles, textbooks, seminars, presentations, and other materials. Nothing that is stated here should carry more weight than the informed and considered opinions of your own highly trained and qualified medical caregivers. The author of this site is not a doctor and has absolutely no authority to prescribe or diagnose.

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