“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
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. […]Read More Ways of seeing: healthcare edition
When a patient dies, some people might assume that the duty of the doctor has ended. However, the doctor may have to consider the needs of any family, friends or carers in terms of understanding the death and bereavement process. The doctor may also have to complete a death certificate. As part of the funeral […]Read More Can I cremate that? Burning questions about medical implants and their ultimate fate
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 […]Read More The medical student or the optimist: the best of all possible chocolate biscuits and how suffering in healthcare became normal