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The End

Benferguson72x724Ben Ferguson -- Unfortunately, I’ve got to stop writing for The Differential, and this will be my last post. As an aging grad student who still has half of medical school remaining, I’ve got other responsibilities to attend to (and no one wants to read about the exciting life of a researcher anyway).

Looking back, it’s been so much fun writing for this blog. I’ve been amazed by the amount of discussion some of my posts generated, undoubtedly not because of my chosen topics but because of your enthusiasm as readers. Undoubtedly, too, I imagine that some of you might be happy to see me going, as I’ve at times been called “annoying,” stuck-up, arrogant, “unmistakably egotistical,” “dead wrong,” racist, sexist, classist, discriminatory (not otherwise specified), bigoted, small-membered, hypersexual, ignorant, bellyaching, unthankful, “unprofessional,” offensive, “jaded,” narrow-minded, “stochastic,” AND overbearing, all within the past year. Whew. Those are some flowing emotions. The thing is, however nasty, most of them were well-intentioned and helped me to scrutinize and improve my own writing (except maybe the small-membered jab).

Like I said before, I’ve run out of stories to tell for now -- except for this last one.


When I was four, I broke my leg. It happened after I had one of those slo-mo, running-across-a-field-of-tall-grass-toward-a-lost-lover scenes, except this one was with a dog. Couldn’t tell you why this dog and I were running toward each other with such gusto (or at all), or how it was that neither of us realized the need to 1) stop, and/or 2) change course, but we ended up colliding with each other and falling-down-going-boom.

You’d think that having two doctor-parents would increase the likelihood that I’d get some medical attention, wouldn’t you? Isn’t that the logical outcome, that I’d go to the hospital and maybe have some x-rays following lengthy complaints of intolerable leg pain?

No. You would be wrong.

As I remember it now, I walked miles (in reality, probably to the bathroom and back) all day (maybe a couple of times per day, actually) for about 6 weeks (likely the next morning) before ever seeing a doctor, and when I did eventually persuade them to take me in, the diagnosis was that my leg fell completely off (tibia frx). I did get a cool cast, though, and was for a few weeks the cool kid at school who endured a vicious and life-threatening attack by (accidental collision with) a rabid, blood-hungry doberman on the loose from the pound (the neighborhood golden retriever chasing a ball down the sidewalk).

There is no moral to this story, unless you’re four, in which case: Where applicable, tone down the massive hypochondria, lest your parents think you’re whining excessively about your leg being broken in an attention-getting fashion when, in fact, you’ve actually just broken your leg and would like to see a doctor. Also, stay away from rabid dobermans.

October 8, 2008 in Ben Ferguson | Permalink


You will be missed here, Ben. I hope our paths cross again - either on the internets or in real life.

Posted by: thomas | Oct 8, 2008 12:11:51 PM

A shame that this is your last post. I discovered your blog only days ago, and have been raptly waiting for updates, Only to now find that you no longer will be around.

In any case, your wit and candor have provided pleasant non-facebook-affiliated internet breaks for me.

Best of luck.

Posted by: Swapna | Oct 8, 2008 5:34:54 PM

All the best, Ben.

Posted by: Jeff W | Oct 8, 2008 8:21:42 PM

aww... this is sad. Now its You leaving after Ali (ok ok ... its not that soon) but this place is loosing gems at a fast rate.

Will miss you ben
I really had fun reading you

Best of luck
(all the way from Pakistan)

Posted by: Habiba | Oct 10, 2008 1:42:35 PM

So sad to hear you leave.
all the best.

Posted by: | Oct 11, 2008 12:42:09 AM

We're going to miss you so much Ben! Good luck with everything, and who knows, perhaps our paths will cross again!

Posted by: Kendra | Oct 14, 2008 6:23:44 AM

Awwwww Ben.... you'll be sorely missed. All the best dear!

Posted by: | Oct 14, 2008 3:16:03 PM

all d best....nice posts...

Kok soon,UM Malaysia

Posted by: KokSOon | Oct 16, 2008 6:30:10 AM

All the best!!! This last one was really funny LOL

Posted by: | Oct 16, 2008 8:33:02 AM

ohhhhhh bad news.hope u the best

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