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?
[SIGH/FROWN/ROLLING EYES/SHAKING OF HEAD DISAPPROVINGLY…] “Oh dear, you know your previous doctor should never have allowed things to get this bad. Why weren’t you referred to me sooner? What on earth were they thinking when they prescribed you this medication? They probably didn’t even send you for an x-ray. Did they even go to medical […]Read More Medical jousting and the art of uncourtly clinical criticism: A noble name for an ignoble activity
Wizards aren’t just characters of a mysterious nature sometimes found in Middle-Earth. They are also helpful in depicting the relationship between primary and secondary care doctors. Mathers and Hodkgin wrote such an article in 1989 and there have been a few sequels published since. Although the original paper is nearly 30 years old, it is […]Read More The gatekeeper and the wizard: fan fiction
As The Jacksons famously said, “don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on good times, blame it on the boogie“. Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658), a Spanish Jesuit and philosopher would have probably agreed with the sentiment. Learning objectives 1. Introduce Baltasar Gracián to those unfamiliar to his works 2. […]Read More Don’t blame it on Baltasar