• Book Review – Tough Choices: Stories from the Front Line of Medical Ethics (Book Guild, 2018) by Daniel Sokol

    Daniel Sokol takes us on a fascinating journey through the world of medical ethics, drawing on his extensive experience as a medical ethicist and barrister in London. The book consists of short chapters on contemporary ethical complexities, recent media headlines (such as the Alfie Evans case), issues core to medical practice such as the nature of the doctor-patient relationship and […]

    Book Review – Tough Choices: Stories from the Front Line of Medical Ethics (Book Guild, 2018) by Daniel Sokol
  • Dealing with a damaging report at a Fitness to Practise Panel

      Dr Daniel Sokol is a barrister specialising in student appeals and former lecturer in medical ethics.  He frequently represents medical students at university hearings Few events are more terrifying for medical students than a Fitness to Practise Panel.  The Panel decides whether a student is fit to practise for the purposes of continuing their medical studies.  It can effectively […]

    Dealing with a damaging report at a Fitness to Practise Panel
  • Zero Tolerance or Zero Humanity: Trump’s Immigration Policy Dividing Families and Opinion

    Ever since Trump rose to political fame, it has been no secret that his anti-immigration stance forms the core of his agenda. As US president he has repeatedly linked undocumented migrants to crime in the country, paving the way for his “Zero Tolerance” policy. The policy has meant that at the US-Mexican border, immigrants illegally crossing into the States have […]

    Zero Tolerance or Zero Humanity: Trump’s Immigration Policy Dividing Families and Opinion
  • ‘Would I Lie to You?’ Brexit Edition – Series 3, Episode 27

    Elliot Clissold Comment Editor   It initially flew onto the scene with a Big Red Bus and ‘£350m a week for the NHS’ splattered across the sides. Since then, the long-running show has become a national favourite. Although not packed with quite as much intentional comedy as the original, its regular panellists, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, are the stars […]

    ‘Would I Lie to You?’ Brexit Edition – Series 3, Episode 27
  • Between a GMC-shaped rock and lots of hard places: medical errors in the era of Dr Bawa-Garba

    Elliot Clissold Comment Editor   Malevolent, lazy, or incompetent?   It must be one of those things.   Did Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a specialist registrar in paediatrics with 6 years of post-graduate training and a previously immaculate record, regarded as an excellent doctor by her colleagues, wake up on the 18th of February, 2011 and decide that she wanted to […]

    Between a GMC-shaped rock and lots of hard places: medical errors in the era of Dr Bawa-Garba
  • “Anything you reflect on can, and will, be used against you” : the medical Miranda rights

    In the light of recent events regarding the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba case, The Medical Student in collaboration with medical students at the UEA, decided to publish an article written by Briony Keir in The Murmur – a medical magazine written and edited by medical students at Norwich Medical School, UEA. The Murmur can be accessed on http://www.ueamedsoc.co.uk/medsoc-murmur.html    If you’re anything […]

    “Anything you reflect on can, and will, be used against you” : the medical Miranda rights
  • Dr Bawa-Garba is all of us

    On the 25th of last month, a seven-year legal battle came to an end: Dr Hadiza Bawa- Garba was struck off the medical register. An ST6 paediatrics registrar, Dr Bawa- Garba was charged with gross negligence and manslaughter in connection with the death of Jack Adcock, a six year old boy with Down’s Syndrome. In what is now described as […]

    Dr Bawa-Garba is all of us
  • Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

    Hana Mahmood | Comment Editor   Who are the Rohingya? Neglected by neighbouring countries and rejected by their homeland, some 400,000 Rohingya civilians have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State for shelter in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps. The Rohingya, who are not considered to be citizens by the government in Myanmar, are facing a heightened identity crisis following a military crackdown on the […]

    Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.
  • UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

    “And I have sat silently, gazing up at this night sky, counting endless and uncountable sparkling stars as they greet me one by one, palpating the infinity of the universe beyond and accepting my place in it.” This is not something that one would typically expect to find in a book detailing the journey of a doctor as they progress […]

    UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health
  • Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

    Elliot Clissold Comment Editor In the era known as the ‘Anthropocene’, people’s health is now decided beyond the hospital walls. That means our responsibility must extend beyond them, too   Being a doctor is hard. There aren’t many careers where as much stress and responsibility is thrust upon those who venture into it than medicine. Neither though, upon reflection, are there […]

    Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

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Covid 19: how has the island of Sri Lanka handled it so well?

Covid 19: how has the island of Sri Lanka handled it so well?

May 21, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Dr Navindi Fernandopulle writes about the early response of her home country to the COVID19 pandemic and its impact on curbing the spread. Despite welcoming over 2,000,000...

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12 Tips from Dr Neel Burton for Acing Your OSCEs

12 Tips from Dr Neel Burton for Acing Your OSCEs

May 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm

Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is author of Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking, The...

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Getting into Medical school without straight As

Getting into Medical school without straight As

May 21, 2020 at 5:29 pm

My name is Laura and I’m about to start my 3rd year on the Graduate Medicine course at Imperial College of London. I graduated from St. George’s UoL with a BSc...

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Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

October 23, 2016 at 9:14 am

Selected pieces from David Bowie’s extensive art collection are on show at Sotheby’s, at the Bowie/Collector exhibition until November 2016. The artists featuring in...

  • Franco, Flamenco and Federico
    Franco, Flamenco and Federico

    Our new Culture Editor reviews a performance by the highly renowned flamenco dance company, Paco Pena, based on...

    July 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  • The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room
    The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room

    Culture Editor Asad Charania of St George’s University of London, reviews the latest Tarantino blockbuster   Quentin...

    January 29, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • A journey into medicine
    A journey into medicine

    I’ve chosen something a little different for culture today, but bear with me whilst I explain why. I’m in final...

    December 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

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UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

September 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm

“And I have sat silently, gazing up at this night sky, counting endless and uncountable sparkling stars as they greet me one by one, palpating the infinity of the universe...

 

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Covid 19: how has the island of Sri Lanka handled it so well?

Covid 19: how has the island of Sri Lanka handled it so well?

Dr Navindi Fernandopulle writes about the early response of her home country to the COVID19 pandemic and its impact on curbing the spread. Despite welcoming over 2,000,000 tourists annually to its tropical shores1Sri Lanka has a remarkably low rate of COVID19 infections, certainly compared to the rest of South Asia, and possible even the rest of the globe. The Health […]

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Getting into Medical school without straight As

Getting into Medical school without straight As

My name is Laura and I’m about to start my 3rd year on the Graduate Medicine course at Imperial College of London. I graduated from St. George’s UoL with a BSc (Hons) in Cardiac Physiology in 2017. I believe if being a doctor is really what you envision for yourself, no number of rejections will stop you – Take it […]

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12 Tips from Dr Neel Burton for Acing Your OSCEs

12 Tips from Dr Neel Burton for Acing Your OSCEs

Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is author of Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking, The Meaning of Madness, Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions, and other books. You can find Neel on Twitter and Facebook, and at www.neelburton.com. He has published a book on Clinical Skills for […]

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Get Your Head In the Game

Get Your Head In the Game

[box] Sean Morgan takes a look at traumatic brain injuries in sport [/box] When you think of injury in sport, the musculoskeletal system first comes to mind. A fractured clavicle, torn hamstring or ACL injury are injuries which you may be familiar with seeing on the sporting stage, whether you follow football, rugby, cycling or just about any sport. You […]

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Source: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/pollution/

The impact of early exposure to air pollution!

There have been many reports recently about the air pollution in our cities (for example this article here) and its damaging effects on human health. London is known to be particularly dreadful, with many headlines in recent times talking about how poor the air quality really is (and how it has broken legal limits). Air pollution is a relevant and […]

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Figure 1: The internet has revolutionised the sharing of information and ideas in numerous fields - none more so than in Medicine

Medicine and the Internet Era: The Landscape and the Challenges

by Yathu Maheswaran | Features Editor In most areas of our lives the internet is a welcome presence, and life without it – unimaginable! The realms of business, science and medicine have each enjoyed a revolution of greater information accessibility and new platforms for interaction and education, all owing thanks to the internet. But the expansion in knowledge and capabilities […]

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Figure 1: Egyptian Mummification

Dissecting Anatomy: Past, Present, Future

by Yathu Maheswaran, Features Editor   In the early years of medical education, an inimitable experience will be studying anatomy. For many students, human anatomy can be as fascinating as it is arduous to learn. At the same time, it can be glorious in providing a consistent linguistic basis of medicine, but inglorious when we consider past stigma towards dissection […]

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Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

The Grenfell Tower disaster, which claimed at least 80 lives in June, is a devastating illustration of the UK’s failing social housing system. Grenfell Tower, the remains of which are in one of richest boroughs in the country (Kensington and Chelsea), was a part of one of the city’s many underprivileged housing estates. We saw the poor living alongside the […]

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Don’t Let it All Consume You: The Secrets to Success

Don’t Let it All Consume You: The Secrets to Success

  Marie Curie was an avid long-distance cyclist, Albert Einstein taught himself to play the violin and Sir Alexander Fleming loved to paint (using bacteria). Despite dedicating their lives to their disciplines, they also enjoyed life beyond the laboratory. As with the many scientists who have flourished before and since, their pursuits beyond work have been integral to their enduring […]

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Handling hearts: improving heart preservation in transplants

Handling hearts: improving heart preservation in transplants

The problems associated with preserving hearts during transplants are well known. Alongside the anticipated problems of graft rejection, there is the logistical issue of transporting the living heart from the donor to the recipient. Transporting the heart to the donor means cutting off its oxygen supply and mechanism of waste removal (i.e. the blood vessel system that supplies nutrient rich […]

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Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor It shouldn’t take a high court judge to find a hospital bed for a suicidal girl. We need more than false promises and empty platitudes if we are to help our society’s most vulnerable. Whilst shadowing an on-call psychiatry trainee recently, I managed to sneak in a hurried conversation whilst running between wards. It started with […]

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