Ways of seeing: healthcare edition

In his book Ways of Seeing, John Berger uses the medium of pictorial essays to make the reader think. Similarly, this post contains only images but is intended to raise questions and stimulate reflection as much as any of my other posts. Learning objectives 1. Consider what questions arise from viewing the images below 2. […]

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The medical student or the optimist: the best of all possible chocolate biscuits and how suffering in healthcare became normal

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever experienced as a doctor? Has anything in the world of healthcare come as a total shock? Do you question if things could be made better or does everything happen for a reason as part of some divine masterplan? Candide: or, The Optimist is a satirical work written by Voltaire […]

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Injury time

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is nearly upon us. It is a hive of international intermingling seemingly making it a perfect place for the dissemination of communicable disease, be it the classically cited sexually transmitted kind, the exotic Dengue kind, or the new and emerging Zika virus kind. But what about the vast majority of […]

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A picture of health

“The effect of beautiful objects, of variety of objects and especially of brilliance of colour is hardly at all appreciated… I have seen in fevers (and felt, when I was a fever patient myself) the most acute suffering produced from the patient not being able to see out of a window and the knots in […]

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The waiting room exercise

The patient waiting room can be an insightful area to learn more about how a GP practice or outpatient department work. It also allows an opportunity for members of the clinical team to gain some understanding of the waiting experience from a patient perspective (or perhaps Jerry Seinfeld’s perspective).  The waiting room exercise is sometimes […]

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