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I won a copy of Dario Jaramillo Agudelo’s new book of poetry, Field Guide, translated by Don Share!

Ghostly whistling, laughter, murmuring, more whistling, flashing lights, far-off screaming, howling, squalling, storming, thunderbolts and lightning flashes—the invisible part of a Yicarino has these things at its disposal to frighten away even the most unflappable traveler who passes through Yicarino territory.
—From Agudelo's "Yicarino's"
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In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in 254 patients, had a neat, positive result, and that one was published in an academic journal, for doctors and researchers to read. But six more trials were conducted, in almost 10 times as many patients. All of them showed that reboxetine was no better than a dummy sugar pill. None of these trials was published. I had no idea they existed. . . .  did everything a doctor is supposed to do. I read all the papers, I critically appraised them, I understood them, I discussed them with the patient and we made a decision together, based on the evidence. In the published data, reboxetine was a safe and effective drug. In reality, it was no better than a sugar pill and, worse, it does more harm than good. As a doctor, I did something that, on the balance of all the evidence, harmed my patient, simply because unflattering data was left unpublished.

Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques that are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments. Unsurprisingly, these trials tend to produce results that favour the manufacturer. When trials throw up results that companies don't like, they are perfectly entitled to hide them from doctors and patients, so we only ever see a distorted picture of any drug's true effects. Regulators see most of the trial data, but only from early on in a drug's life, and even then they don't give this data to doctors or patients, or even to other parts of government. This distorted evidence is then communicated and applied in a distorted fashion.
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"And if you're pushed into the water, don't worry. If it was a legitimate pushing, your body will find a way to shut out all the water and survive the drowning."
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  • Oakland University
    Research Assistant, 2013 - 2013
  • Oakland University
    Teaching Assistant, 2011 - 2012
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Introduction
Nothing says luxury like obsessively reading, writing, photographing, researching, documenting, and cataloging every piece of minutiae that enters my field of vision. It's quite a decadent life I lead.

My writing can be found at Semper-Augustus.com, where my intellectual sprawl reveals its curiosity and breadth.

My interests in literature, philosophy, science, and art are collected in my two Tumblr accounts: Echoes and Hyperboria.

I also keep a blog that documents the more mundane aspects of my life (conversations, observances, photos, etc.) in Fragments.

My nature photography can be found on my Google+ web albums.
Education
  • University of Michigan
    PhD in English, 2013 - present
  • Oakland University
    MA in English, 2011 - 2013
    Modern and contemporary American poetry; British romantic poetry
  • Beloit College
    BA in Philosophy and French, 2003 - 2007