was quite interesting. I never thought of the incredible efforts that scientists
and technicians make to get drugs into our systems. Growing up, I figured
you just eat something and it will get where the doctors want it to go. I
did wonder about how aspirin works. If there was one thing I could take from
this article, it would be that there are all sorts of people working on this
problem of drug uptake. It seems like Doctors would have to be biophysicists
as well as medical doctors. I guess what I am saying. . .doctors are not what
they use to be. Understanding the human body as well as the physical principles
involved is mandatory. Doctors need to be Chemists, Technologists, Physicists,
Molecular Biologists as well as Surgeons.
drugs across the stomach-lining is important because people like to eat and
swallow things. It is easy for them. People do not like shots, things on their
skin, or radiation treatments. If we can devise better 'smart' drug delivery
systems, we can eliminate doctors and nurses that are needed to administer
these medical prescriptions. We need to take the easy work out of the hands
of expensive technicians and reduce the cost for people world-wide. More people
would receive medical attention if we become more 'surgical' with our delivery
Getting the drugs across the skin seems like a good
idea. I had a brother who used the nicotine patch. The idea was to deliver
smaller and smaller amounts of nicotine to his system. This was to slowly
get his desire for nicotine to drop off. It is a good idea because it takes
the work out of doing something good for yourself. The idea had to be motivated
by the fact that people are lazy and easily distracted from a schedule. One
could as easily have smoked one less cigarette a day. The birth control patch
is another fool-proof device. Women may forget to take their pill but the
patch will not forget! Many devices that we use are to circumvent getting
bored with following a schedule. The electrode patch used to deliver insulin
or more important cancer-reducing drugs is quite interesting. Doctors are
trying to force these large particles across the skin barrier. The use of
an electric field to move these charged ions across the skin barrier is rather
cool. Knowing only a few basic physical principles doctors can help technologists
develop new devices that will help millions of people.
Total Time: 90 minutes to read and interact, 15 minutes
to write basic principles, 25 minutes to write Analysis, 60 minutes to draw
up Physical Principles = 3 hours
I like the selection
of the article.
The interaction is much better, than Tony has done before.
He really gets into talking to the author. 20/20
The Physical Principles are not typed but they are very
good. I like the diagrams.
I like the way he tries to relate the physical principles to the article.
He brings in K.C. Cole and references the Hewitt book. 18/20
The Analysis needs a little work. Where is K.C.?
It is nice to read what Tony thinks. No summary. 17/20