About Carpus

Gillray’s Gout

Carpus is a faculty rheumatologist at an Urban University Medical Center and a PhD in epidemiology. He is clearly an overachiever, and yet, as his wife will agree, he is remarkably lazy. Why he thinks he can write a blog is anyone’s guess.

Once upon a time, Carpus was a musician. He played in a big orchestra. But one day, Carpus decided he really wanted to be a doctor and a scientist. So he quit the orchestra, went back to school, took out lots and lots of loans, and got two more degrees. Now Carpus is the most over-educated, over-indebted buffoon around!

There is a Mrs. Carpus, but there are no little Carpi. Mrs. C. also works in the health care business. She is a very patient woman.

You can figure out who I am IRL with very little effort, but I am choose not to make it a focus here.  I’m funny that way.

Mission Statement

I hope this will be a place to discuss:

  • Rheumatology – issues of interest to professionals
  • Rheumatology – issues of interest to laymen (and -women)
  • Epidemiology – both of the above
  • Medicine, health, and society
  • Anything else that interests me

I also reserve the right to talk about myself and my life’s impact on me. (It’s my blog you know!)

Contact Me

You can email me here, but be warned! I check this box infrequently!


By the way, my ‘avatar’, which you might have run across in any comments I’ve written, actually has some meaning. A Carpus Kudos to those who can tell me what it is, and a second super-Kudos to anyone out there who makes a diagnosis.


2 thoughts on “About Carpus”

  1. Carpus: Knock, knock? Are you there?

    If you should ever see this – here’s a question from a RA patient (and yes, I do see my own doc and I know you can’t be SPECIFIC)…what pearls do you have on HOW to be a GOOD patient? Besides, being polite, on time, and paying one’s bills; of course. And what the best advice you have for someone with a new RA DX?

    I’m new to a RA DX and apparently there’s this phantom called “Remission” that I’m chasing…with little sucess.

    Still young so I’d like to get a grip on this. I like in the sticks so now that a new Rheum opened up shop, I’ve my first appt next week. Otherwise, I fly 350 miles to another city to see a Dr. there.

    Would love to see you bloggin’ again.

    • Well, maybe I’m back. We’ll see. It’s been so long since you posted this that I’m not going to bother answering it, but if you ever drop by again, I’ll try.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s