User talk:DrGaellon

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Homosexuality and medical science[edit]

Noticing you experience and interests, I wonder if you'd have a look at an article for me. Its presently found here: User:John254/Homosexuality and medical science as it had to be deleted from the mainspace. It was frankly a mess. In my opinion it should be broken down into three articles that don't exist at present:

  1. Homosexuality and HIV (incl. the 'gay disease' stigma)
  2. Homosexuality and genetics (the old nature-nurture chestnut)
  3. Reproduction for same-sex couples

I wonder if you could give your opinion as to whether you agree that these topics should be addressed, or whether a new homosexuality and medical science article can/should be created from the old. One of the problems with the old article was its absolute lack of sources and trying to cover too much at once. Was 'Gay Bowel Syndrome' ever something notable enough to be covered by Wikipedia?

Frankly I am at a loss at how to deal with the medical elements of LGBT issues, which we have been very bad at covering. I'd appreciate your input. Thanks, WjBscribe 19:01, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply. I needed a fresh perspective on the issue. To address your points in turn:
  1. Perhaps the impact of HIV in LGBT issues are best dealt with in sub articles. e.g. LGBT stereotypes for gay disease and Bug chasing for HIV seeking behaviour of certain gay people.
  2. "Gay Bowel Syndrome" is therefore perhaps best placed in a historical article, or as part of LGBT stereotypes.
  3. Thanks especially for drawing my attention to Biology and sexual orientation, I had completely missed its existence and it needs to be listed in various places.
  4. Reproduction for same-sex couples and legal consequences is dealt with in various articles and there is no urgency for a single piece.
  5. Homosexuality and medicine:
    1. We definitely need an article on the unique medical care needs of homosexual. Are you aware of any good sources to form the backbone of such an article?
    2. As I see it, discrimination in healthcare provision should either be part of that article, or part of an article on discrimination generally (which is conspicuously absent as a stand alone article).
The next question is whether you believe any of the material in User:John254/Homosexuality and medical science should actually be kept, or whether one would be better off scrapping it and starting from scratch? WjBscribe 23:48, 11 February 2007 (UTC)


Gastric bypass surgery[edit]

Thanks for your edits, especially the celebrity deletion -- that section has always made me grit my teeth. I watch this topic with somewhat proprietary interest.

Does it still deserve the "globalize" template -- see talk about this issue. Topnife 22:37, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

re: Can't see non-Roman characters[edit]

See Help:Multilingual support. -- Rick Block (talk) 17:17, 10 March 2007 (UTC)


Hey there, I noticed your edits to several Dark Tower articles and just wanted to invite you to join The Dark Tower WikiProject. We are a group organized to improve Dark Tower related articles. If you are interested, check out the main project page and add your name to the member list. --Mus Musculus 15:03, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Peter Pan[edit]

Welcome to the Musicals Project! I gave your excellent new Peter Pan article a once over and added a list of roles, as well as standardizing some of the formatting and Americanizing some usage (e.g. "Mrs."), since it's an article about the Broadway version. My main thought is that, next to the list of songs, you should add a column for which characters sing which songs. Some musicals articles show a list of Awards. I'm a bit amazed that no one had done this article yet! In any case, well done. Personally, I think that "article assessment", in the sense of filling out the table, is a waste of time, so I'll let someone else do that. However, right now, I'd say the article is still a "start", but almost a B-class article. To get to B, you just need a little more information about the genesis of the musical, and a short section on prior versions of the "Peter Pan" story, which would be headed by a reference to the main Peter Pan article. After that, to improve it to A, or "good article", it would need a thorough "referencing" job, like a research paper (plus principal casting history). See for example Porgy and Bess, a "Featured Article". -- Ssilvers 04:28, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

An editor came along and expanded the plot synopsis. I don't know the show well enough to edit what he did effectively, but it seems that he has added too much, and it is now far too long. Can you take a look? Best regards, -- Ssilvers 19:50, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Come party with us![edit]

Accuracy dispute

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WP:CVU status[edit]

The Wikipedia:Counter-Vandalism Unit project is under consideration to be moved to {{inactive}} and/or {{historical}} status. Another proposal is to delete or redirect the project. You have been identified as a project member and your input as to this matter would be welcomed at WT:CVU#Inactive.3F and at the deletion debate. Thank you! Delivered on behalf of xaosflux 16:02, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Allopathic, etc . . .[edit]

Thank you greatly for your input on this topic. Your expertise is very much appreciated. Many users fought me hard on this topic, insisting that the usage of the term was inappropriate on WP. I even went into mediation with one of them over it. here- User talk:Antelan/Ante Oste. One of the results of these discussions was the unsatisfying split of allopathic and allopathic medicine into two articles.

I see we share interest in another category. I started this article several months ago, but haven't done much of anything with it for a while. It's really just a list and a time line at this point. Perhaps you have some thoughts on it. Sexual orientation and medicine, which is also a category Category:Sexual orientation and medicine. I started this category as I'm very keen on all the topics, I'm just not sure where to begin.

Anyway, nice to Wiki with you.User:Hopping T 04:41, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

WPMT Roll Call and COTM[edit]


You're receiving this message because you are currently listed as a member of WikiProject Musical Theatre. Please post at the talk page to let us know if you're still with the project. Feel free to post on the talk page about what musical theatre-related work you're doing or to weigh in on the current discussions on the talk page.

Nominations for our Collaboration of the Month are currently being accepted. What should we focus on for the month of November? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much, folks! Happy editing! —  MusicMaker5376 04:50, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Randall Flagg[edit]

I'm trying to get Randall Flagg's article to either GA or FA status. I've put a lot of effort in the article in the last couple of weeks, expanding and reworking various sections along with adding sources and external information such as quotes and analysis. I put it up for peer review at Wikipedia:Peer review/Randall Flagg. Any suggestions you have would be welcome.--CyberGhostface 18:23, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Disputed fair use rationale for Image:PeterPanCD.jpg[edit]

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Dark Tower: Article of Focus[edit]

You are listed as a member of The Dark Tower Wikiproject. We have recently added an article of focus department, and if you'd like to nominate an article, feel free. Go to the talk page for additional information. --MwNNrules (talk) 18:42, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Second nomination is up. --MwNNrules (talk) 07:27, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Conversion therapy[edit]

Thanks for the LGBT Medical Org work. You might be interested in editing Conversion therapy. GeneralBelly (talk) 23:16, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Gastric bypass surgery[edit]

You made good edits to this topic. I wrote a lot of it, and have a personal habit of capitalizing diagnosis terms (e.g., Hypertension), procedure names, and names of lab tests, meds, etc. -- a residue of having studied German in college, and liking it. However, I am stylistically out of touch with Wikipedia conventions, and welcome your corrections. I see you had your own GBP last year. I underwent mine in November of 2005, after performing about 2500 of them, including the first ones done laparoscopically (Wittgrove and Clark). I trust yours is working well for you. I find I have to eat between meals now, to maintain my weight at a desired 195, on a mostly high-protein diet, by necessity. I miss having cheeseburgers and cheesecake, but being able to move a lot better and live better is ample compensation. Regards, Topnife (talk) 20:35, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Dark Tower WP discussion[edit]

Greetings Dark Tower WikiProject member, I would like to invite you to palaver about a possible expansion of the Dark Tower Project to include all Stephen King related items. I feel that the large amount of projects related to the author warrants his own Project—but as this one already exists—hesitate to begin a new one. Please feel free to leave comments of any kind and be assured that The Dark Tower will be held in the highest regard within the new King Project. Long days and pleasant nights. Blackngold29 02:46, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Peter Pan[edit]

Greetings, DrGaellon. It appears that you originated the article Peter Pan (1954 musical) which I have recently edited. Do you have any references for the table you included showing which set of composers/lyricists wrote each musical number? I found a reference for four songs, but can't find any mention of who wrote the others. --Thomprod (talk) 21:21, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

That information came right out of the CD insert, which gives the publishing credit for each song. - DrGaellon (talk | contribs) 11:07, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks. --Thomprod (talk) 13:26, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

A new medical resource[edit]

Please note that there is a new freely accessible medical resource, MedMerits (to which I'm a medical advisor) on neurologic disorders. A discussion on ELs to MedMerits and medical ELs in general is currently in progress ("Wikipedia and its relationship to the outside world"). Presto54 (talk) 06:49, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

New medical organization[edit]


I'm contacting you because, as a participant at Wikiproject Medicine, you may be interested in a new multinational non-profit organization we're forming at m:Wikimedia Medicine. Even if you don't want to be actively involved, any ideas you may have about our structure and aims would be very welcome on the project's talk page.

Our purpose is to help improve the range and quality of free online medical content, and we'll be working with like-minded organizations, such as the World Health Organization, professional and scholarly societies, medical schools, governments and NGOs - including Translators Without Borders.

Hope to see you there! --Anthonyhcole (talk) 07:36, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

I saw that you posted interest in Wikimedia Medicine. I also support this project and I am writing to ask if I could talk with you about it sometime. Also, I live and work in Yonkers. Could you please email me so that we could exchange contact information? Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:05, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the message - but no, I am not interested in exchanging contact information. I am an indifferent participant in Wiki at best, and have no time to be any more actively involved than I am. -DrGaellon (talk | contribs) 22:47, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Anna Leonowens[edit]

Quick question, Doc. How is the name Leonowens pronounced? Like Leon and Owens put together? Or does something get elided like in Leominster? I don't think I've ever seen the name before. Thanks. -- (talk) 03:27, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

As I understand it, her husband's name was originally Thomas Leon Owens, which he then elided into Leonowens. I assume it's pronounced as though it were still two words. -DrGaellon (talk | contribs) 04:13, 15 January 2013 (UTC) that you??[edit]

I saw where you made a constructive change on the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders and was intrigued by your pen name. Is that you Randy? I admire your WL from afar. Few folks would have picked up on the change you made on Wineville, unless they really studied the facts of the case. Your insert was correct, but so miniscule that most would not have even noticed the error, prior to your change. Just curious if you are into the details of Wineville (versus the film), or if your correction was more casual? My best to you in your continued WL journey.

Beaconmike (talk) 00:23, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

You obviously know me, since you know my real name. :) I don't even remember why I was researching the murders, but somewhere in my investigation, I picked up on the error. I'm a bit of a WikiGnome - I tend to fix small errors whenever I encounter them. I vaguely recall a reference to the events in a story I was reading; that must've been what started me looking. -DrGaellon (talk | contribs) 01:48, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library now offering accounts from Cochrane Collaboration (sign up!)[edit]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. Because you are signed on as a medical editor, I thought you'd want to know about our most recent donation from Cochrane Collaboration.

  • Cochrane Collaboration is an independent medical nonprofit organization that conducts systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of health-care interventions, which it then publishes in the Cochrane Library.
  • Cochrane has generously agreed to give free, full-access accounts to 100 medical editors. Individual access would otherwise cost between $300 and $800 per account.
  • If you are still active as a medical editor, come and sign up :)

Cheers, Ocaasi t | c 20:20, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

  • I already have Cochrane access through my medical school employer. I'll leave the slot for someone who needs it. -DrGaellon (talk | contribs) 10:07, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

Hi DrGaellon. In case you are not aware, there is an upcoming campaign to improve coverage of LGBT-related topics on Wikipedia, culminating with an international edit-a-thon on June 21. See Wiki Loves Pride 2014 for more information. If you are interested, you might consider creating a page for a major city (or cities!) near you, with a list of LGBT-related articles that need to be created or improved. This would be a tremendous help to Wikipedia and coverage of LGBT culture and history. Thanks for your consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions! --Another Believer (Talk) 15:55, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

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