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Love in a hopeless place – Amour

Love in a hopeless place – Amour

Please allow me to introduce myself. Director Michael Haneke has been nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes six times, he gained his second win this year with his current film – ‘Amour’. Despite all the claims that this film is a masterpiece (it is), I’m not going to label it as a ‘must watch’ and implore you to […]

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I give it a year…

Marriage is hard, apparently. We are told the hardest part is especially in the first year, when couples freshly off their merry honeymoon phases are thrown into the real world and are racked with second thoughts and bouts about the life-long contracts they signed. Such is the premise for this excellent little comedy gem from Britain. Josh (Rafe “son of […]

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Dear Doctor…

Dear Doctor, I love being a medical student and all the self-importance that entitles me to. But as much as I have a marvellous time living with my housemates (it’s like ‘Friends’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Skins’ and ‘In the Night Garden’, all mixed together in a lovely bucket of bliss), I really really miss my home in the country and my dear […]

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Rash Resolutions

In 2005 a British psychologist Cliff Arnall came up with a formula that combined several factors, including bills from the Christmas period to be paid, our ability to pay the debt, the weather, and broken resolutions, to calculate the most depressing day of the year. It started off with the 4th Monday of January but was brought forward to the […]

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Why does everyone hate medics?

So then, where do I begin? Quite frankly, this article could fill the whole edition, but for now, I’ll try and keep it brief. Before I begin I should probably explain a little about myself. As a graduate medic, there was once a time when I was also just a ‘regular’ student and so have partly shared in the perspective […]

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Play your way to becoming a better doctor…

If you’re a London medical student, particularly at Imperial College, you may be quizzical about the influx of multi-coloured, merry-looking caterpillars growing all over the walls, on posters and in emails. Is the Imperial College Healthcare Trust currently crippled by a benign infestation of garden-variety ‘Lepidoptera’ larvae? No, although given the NHS-crushing, A&E annexing blooper that is ‘Shaping a Healthier […]

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League tables – help or hindrance?

League tables are a thorny and divisive issue for everyone involved in the university application process – the school teachers, the universities themselves, parents and, of course, the applicant. Many universities confirm a high league table ranking as a sign of prestige and academic quality and boast about these in their prospectuses as a means for attracting future students, while […]

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Help! I’m not a robot…

Help! I’m not a robot…

It’s late on a Friday afternoon. Opposite you is ‘Mrs Green’, a lady who has arrived with a bad case of athlete’s foot. As you ask to have a look, she begins to wince in embarrassment. You reassure her that ‘anything you see will not go further than their health-care team’, in a dull echo of the first long list […]

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Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

Medicine is a field that encompasses a plethora of knowledge, which medical students and doctors attempt to acquire continuously from the moment they begin the course.  Clinical medicine is a more practical way of learning from patients in hospital wards and clinics. Most students experience this style of learning after year three.  Currently, most specialty rotations are done within the […]

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Ergo Cogito Ergo Sum

  I think, therefore I am – a quotation from one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Descartes was a visionary, but did he fall into error with this bold statement? ‘Descartes’ Error’ by Antonio Damasio is a neurobiology book masquerading as a philosophical idea. The ideas of this book is to essentially break down the very facets […]

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