Articles By: Editor-in-Chief

Don’t Let it All Consume You: The Secrets to Success

Don’t Let it All Consume You: The Secrets to Success

  Marie Curie was an avid long-distance cyclist, Albert Einstein taught himself to play the violin and Sir Alexander Fleming loved to paint (using bacteria). Despite dedicating their lives to their disciplines, they also enjoyed life beyond the laboratory. As with the many scientists who have flourished before and since, their pursuits beyond work have been integral to their enduring […]

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Handling hearts: improving heart preservation in transplants

Handling hearts: improving heart preservation in transplants

The problems associated with preserving hearts during transplants are well known. Alongside the anticipated problems of graft rejection, there is the logistical issue of transporting the living heart from the donor to the recipient. Transporting the heart to the donor means cutting off its oxygen supply and mechanism of waste removal (i.e. the blood vessel system that supplies nutrient rich […]

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Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor It shouldn’t take a high court judge to find a hospital bed for a suicidal girl. We need more than false promises and empty platitudes if we are to help our society’s most vulnerable. Whilst shadowing an on-call psychiatry trainee recently, I managed to sneak in a hurried conversation whilst running between wards. It started with […]

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The right to re-write your past

The right to re-write your past

Hana Mahmood Comment Editor     In a world where one’s online presence is viewed as a necessity, the UK Government is making a bold statement to ensure our safety and security online. This summer will see new legislation that will make it incumbent upon global corporations such as Google and Facebook to delete personal data when requested by its […]

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Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programmer and Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners writes about the importance of looking after yourself as a newly qualified doctor. I qualified as a doctor in 1982, so am now in my 35th year working in the NHS, 25 of them as a […]

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Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures

Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures

Katie Hodgkinson reviews Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures by M. Loukas, R.S. Tubbs and J. Feldman Extensive and clear, this is yet another addition to Netter’s expanding repertoire of books based on the Netter illustrations. With over 30 clinical procedures neatly detailed, this book is a brilliant reference for those wanting to brush up on the exact way to perform […]

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Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

In a poll of nearly 2000 further and higher education students this month, students tell the National Union of Students (NUS) that only 12 per cent of them agree that politicians value the views of young people. Today (22nd May) is the final day students can register to vote in the General Election. NUS and students’ unions across the country have […]

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Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

  The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics is the latest addition to the best selling ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine’ series. Similar to its predecessors, this book has been written in collaboration with medical students and junior doctors, with insights from experts in the field. The book is split into 4 sections, covering core topics, clinical cases, clinical skills and a careers […]

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Why I sometimes read poetry instead of medicine—and why you should, too

Why I sometimes read poetry instead of medicine—and why you should, too

Dr. Richard S Panush is Professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, department of medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In this thought provoking article adapted by permission of the American College of Rheumatology (http://www.rheumatology.org) from an article first published in The Rheumatologist (http://www.the-rheumatologist.org), he talks about the importance of the humanities in medicine. To read more about […]

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Dr Richard Panush

Dr Richard Panush

Medicine is humane science. The “compleat” physician understands this and blends his/her clinical practice with the “art” of medicine. Indeed there is growing and compelling evidence that integrating elements of “humanities” with clinical medicine is salutary for doctors and their patients. This improves professionalism, trust, empathy, compassion, communication, and patient care. In this issue of “The Medical Student” we reprint […]

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