The ‘doctor-patient relationship’ is a problematic term. What exactly is it? Would Fildes iconic image leave the observer with a different taste if instead it portrayed the parents propping up a smartphone next to their poorly child? Learning objectives 1. Review how The Doctor has stood the test of time 2. Consider the impact of […]Read More ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. Part 3: the trouble with telemetry
Ring, my friend, I said you’d call Doctor Robert Day or night he’ll be there any time at all Doctor Robert Doctor Robert, The Beatles Learning objectives 1. Continue our exploration of ‘The Doctor’. 2. Reflect on how images and their use shape societal expectations. 3. Think about how the medical profession will manage […]Read More ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. Part 2: Poverty and propaganda
Apparently a a picture is worth a thousand words, but what can a Victorian painting tell us about doctors today? Learning objectives 1. Look at ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. 2. Consider the societal expectations of doctors. 3. Reflect on whether doctors can live up to Victorian ideals. The Victorian era was an exciting period for […]Read More ‘The Doctor’ by Fildes. Part 1: Painting and power
“That doctor was useless, they kept talking about numbers and philosophy”. Hmm.. sounds like a proper real doctor. Learning objectives 1. Explore what doctors don’t do 2. Consider how the Parmenides can help us think about our profession 3. Nothing can be made from nothing We’ve considered what qualities the Form of a Doctor may possess. […]Read More Parmenides’ physician: the non-doctor
“That doctor was just perfect, a proper real doctor.” Wait, what.. really?! Learning objectives 1. Explore the qualities of a doctor 2. Utilise Plato’s theory of Forms in a healthcare scenario 3. Let no one ignorant of geometry enter Most people reading this will know what a doctor looks like and if you don’t, it’s […]Read More Plato’s physician: the ideal doctor
When you think of the term ‘doctor‘, what picture pops into your head? Images of doctors have changed through the ages, but never have they been more ubiquitous than they are now. They are powerful tools of communication. Do the images cause problems not only in the way patients view doctors but also in the […]Read More What does Dr. Google look like?
When Eiffel 65 released their Europop classic Blue in 1998, you may have understandably been mistaken in thinking they were reminiscing about living in hospital digs as medical students. But this can’t possibly be the case because hospitals sometimes use other colours. There’s white coats and theatre greens. Ahh… the sterile yet soothing colour palette […]Read More Feeling blue… the colours of healthcare
You come home after a busy day at work to find a letter on the doormat. It looks important. Opening it you notice the imposing red font and realise it is a court summons and your first thought is ‘what did I do!’ Quickly you realise it’s not you who has to stand in the […]Read More Feeling guilty? Jury service for doctors
Ship’s surgeon William Anderson died in 1778 and was buried at sea. Captain James Cook decided to name the island near the burial after Anderson. Cook, however, had made an uncharacteristic error. He failed to realise that the island had already been discovered by the explorer Bering in 1728. St. Lawrence Island, as it was […]Read More Whatever happened to Anderson Island?
William Anderson was born 28th December 1750. Although he attended Edinburgh University, he qualified at Surgeon’s Hall in London in 1770. In 1772 he joined Captain James Cook on his second voyage as surgeon’s mate on HMS Resolution. Learning objectives 1. Find out more about William Anderson 2. Explore the transferrable skills of clinicians 3. […]Read More More than a ship’s surgeon: William Anderson