I am at once fascinated with and repelled by the technological advances in medicine. Let me clarify that. I'm fascinated with non-invasive technological advances and repelled by the invasive ones. I spent my childhood in terror of rectal thermometers. When I recently took my daughter (the six-year-old, three-foot tall antichrist) to the doctor, the thermometer was a Star Trek doohickey that was stuck into her ear canal for a nanosecond and provided a digital readout.
A bout of pneumonia I experienced a few years ago was resolved with medication and without the hospitalization it would have required twenty or so years ago. But a prostate gland examination