Lately, I’ve been going to a lot of job fairs. At a few of them, I’ve spotted an unusual booth. It looks like most of the other medical-focused booths, but they’re not looking for employees; they’re looking for test subjects. Or, as they say in the vernacular, human guinea pigs. The first time or two, I looked at these booths, politely interacted, but didn’t go any further. At one job fair, they sought people with particular medical conditions; they even had a list of conditions. I didn’t have any of the conditions listed…but something made me take the next step of making an appointment. I think it was the idea of getting paid for my time, and free medical treatment. Hey, I’m not proud. So, late last month, armed with an appointment card, my natural curiosity, and a bit of trepidation, I made my way to Orlando. That’s where Clinical Neuroscience Solutions, Inc. is located. (By the way, a quick web search showed that they apparently have branches in West Palm Beach and Jacksonville, that they’ve been around since 1996, and they seem to have no reviews, good or bad). I took a short elevator ride to the second floor, where I saw a beautiful print of Da Vinci’s “The Measure of Man” (quite appropriate) on my way to their suite. I found my way into a waiting room that looked just like every other doctor’s waiting room I’d ever been in. After signing in, I filled out a medical history form, just as any new patient of a doctor would. This one seemed a bit more extensive than usual, but not onerously so. And then I waited. I didn’t wait long. After perhaps ten minutes, I heard my name, and was greeted by Letitia Griffin, a registered nurse. Rather than going with her into an examination room, however, she took me into an office. Here, she went over my medical history, asked me some questions to see if I was a good candidate for any of their studies, and let me ask a few of my own. She seemed to be both genuinely interested in me, and to...Read More
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