Category: Features

UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

“And I have sat silently, gazing up at this night sky, counting endless and uncountable sparkling stars as they greet me one by one, palpating the infinity of the universe beyond and accepting my place in it.” This is not something that one would typically expect to find in a book detailing the journey of a doctor as they progress […]

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Figure 1: The internet has revolutionised the sharing of information and ideas in numerous fields - none more so than in Medicine

Medicine and the Internet Era: The Landscape and the Challenges

by Yathu Maheswaran | Features Editor In most areas of our lives the internet is a welcome presence, and life without it – unimaginable! The realms of business, science and medicine have each enjoyed a revolution of greater information accessibility and new platforms for interaction and education, all owing thanks to the internet. But the expansion in knowledge and capabilities […]

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Figure 1: Egyptian Mummification

Dissecting Anatomy: Past, Present, Future

by Yathu Maheswaran, Features Editor   In the early years of medical education, an inimitable experience will be studying anatomy. For many students, human anatomy can be as fascinating as it is arduous to learn. At the same time, it can be glorious in providing a consistent linguistic basis of medicine, but inglorious when we consider past stigma towards dissection […]

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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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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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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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Medical Student and a Medical Patient: When Two Worlds Collide

Medical Student and a Medical Patient: When Two Worlds Collide

Dr H.B. A 20 year old male, of Indian descent, presented to West Middlesex Accident & Emergency Department, with severe abdominal pain. The pain was a sharp, constant, 10/10 pain, located in the epigastric region, radiating through to the back, and had been present since waking that morning. It was associated with profuse vomiting, approximately 6 episodes in the last […]

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Numa Health

Numa Health

Dr Tobi Obisanya writes about his exciting new project, a digital health platform for patients and doctors in West Africa. Read on to discover opportunities to get involved! Numa Pompilius was one of the earliest kings of Rome. He was responsible for laying down a lot of the judicial, religious and social infrastructure that allowed the Rome to blossom into […]

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The ‘isms’ of women in medicine

The ‘isms’ of women in medicine

Prof Saffron Whitehead, distinguished Emeritus Professor at  St George’s University of London and author of the highly successful ‘Clinical Endocrinology’ textbook shares some of her personal thoughts on feminism and ageism in medicine.      In 1974 I returned from Canada to England, armed with a PhD. I decided to go into medicine and two of my applications resulted in invitations for interview. […]

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