The latest edition of Four Stone Hearth is live at Sorting Out Science. It’s another collection of Archaeology and Anthropology blogging over the past couple of weeks. In fact it’s the relationship between Archaeology and Anthropology which has caught my eye. Carl Lipo has a post looking at that relationship in the context of C.P. Snow’s Two Cultures talk. It’s interesting to compare that with a post late last year by Michael E. Smith, Do cultural anthropologists consider archaeology as part of “Anthropology”?. I also must admit I didn’t realise Neanderthals practiced Trephanation.
And a brief plug for elsewhere. Today on Archaeopix, an example of why sometimes Black and White beats Colour in photography.
This is part of the cancer blogging series, which has an introduction.
Chemotherapy is the one where they poison you, rather than bombard you with radiotherapy. In my case it’s carboplatin. The way it works is that it interferes with the division of cells. A cancer is a growth of cells which are dividing uncontrollably, so it’s an excellent way to hit them. The downside is that carboplatin can hit any cells which divide. That’s not just in the cancer, but also in the bone marrow. That’s where your white blood cells which fit infection are formed, or not if you’re undergoing chemotherapy.
The process itself was fairly quick. I was treated over an hour after I was scheduled. I was told this was because of the lunch hour, but I wonder if they could have guessed there would have been a lunch hour between 12:00 and 13:30. Once I was in, it took around an hour hooked up to a bag of carboplatin with the needle going into a vein just below the thumb. That was new.