An effective video on lymphoma basics succeeds because it's soooo boring

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The video below is DRY.

It is almost 100% free of charisma.

It reminds me of a George Carlin line about something so boring it's like watching flies f*ck.


But if you're entirely new to lymphoma, it's an awesome video to watch. Chiefly because the doctor, Maria Baer MD, and the interviewer, Ellen Beth Levitt, deliver the basics of lymphoma at an andantino tempo; measured perfectly for neophytes, careful not to get into the peculiars of this broad disease and confuse the message, careful not to inject too much personality into the discussion and distract the viewer.

If you or a loved one is recently diagnosed and you're wondering, "What is lymphoma?" and you prefer videos without any frills, this a good place to start.

Dr. Baer is an odd bird who reminds me of a Japanese student I once had while teaching English who began every sentence with the word, "So." But she's very intelligent and she's a much better communicator than she seems she's going to be if you watch part 1 about Leukemia (she begins that clip frozen to the camera).

Note: This video opens with a brief word on Multiple Myeloma. Unless you're here to hear about that, just be patient. The basics of lymphoma will begin soon.

Dr. Maria Baer is currently the head of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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