Articles By: Education Editor

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

“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 […]

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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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Money matters as a student!

Welcome freshers! I hope you’ve adjusted comfortably to university life and the new academic year by now. Hopefully, you are enjoying the life of a medical student and remain just as eager as you were on day one. If not, that’s a real shame and hopefully you’ll be attentive to what I have to say for the next few hundred […]

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Why should meducation be done properly?

We’ve all been there. The consultant, totally oblivious to the world, droning on about their speciality as if the knowledge they’ve accumulated over decades is common sense to us all. You sit their nodding your head rhythmically to fool everyone into thinking that you’re learning something. The hours teaching session is turned into a marathon effort to try and stay […]

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Apps to Aid!

In this growing digital age, smartphones have become an essential item to the medical student’s kit and if I may say, life! What is more, is that this 10 by 6 cm piece of electronic equipment is revolutionising how much we go online to look up the odd piece of information, when necessary. The once luxury of using a smartphone […]

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What a MESS!

I know it’s pretty tough being a medical student, the long hours of trawling through countless lectures, the great amount of information one must regurgitate but also understand in order to progress. I remember the great dilemma of the first few years of medical school, to use the stack of books in the library or stick to lectures. The truth […]

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Music: enhancing your study?

Berthold Auerbach once said that “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” After returning home from a stressful day, many of us try to recuperate by tuning in to some of our favourite tracks. Regardless of whether it’s Drake, Adele or Bullet For My Valentine, this usually helps us relax and bring our mind at ease. […]

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The Butcher!

We all know that anatomy can be dull. One only has to look at browse the textbooks to realize that this vast topic will take some time to learn, let alone consolidate. There are currently two main methods of teaching anatomy. The first is the use of dissection, which entails the student dissembling a medically donated body by making incisions […]

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Robotic Surgery – how far has it come?

In October 2012, a 25 year old mother became the first person in the UK to undergo minimally invasive heart surgery using the da Vinci robotic system. A day later, a builder underwent a robotic mitral valve repair in the same hospital, New Cross, in Wolverhampton. More invasive heart surgery would have resulted in greater scarring, more pain and a […]

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Fainting during surgery – a problem more common than we anticipate!

So you’re standing in theatre, four hours into open surgery. The place is becoming evermore like a sauna and the gown isn’t helping. The smell is exacerbating your senses.  And then, your vision begins to cloud in. Before you know it, you find yourself neatly placed in the seated position leaning against the wall. A damp cloth has been placed […]

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