Category: Comment

Ebola: Predictable?

Ebola: Predictable?

[box]Oscar To explores why the Ebola epidemic has become an international crisis and whether we could have stopped it [/box] The world is currently undergoing widespread hysteria over the possibility of a worldwide pandemic of Ebola. Fears that the disease could spill into the West are being bombarded by the media daily, and guidance has even been released to the […]

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Forgetting Smallpox

[box]Oscar To explores how the development of smallpox vaccination led to one of mankind’s greatest victories [/box] As medical students, we may often find that medicine is simply a field to be learnt, where discoveries are to be made by far away researchers holed up in their labs. We are not exposed to the challenges that were once faced generations […]

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Study using lectures to treat insomnia may be ‘missing point’

Study using lectures to treat insomnia may be ‘missing point’

Mention the word lecture to any person you meet and what will they think? The word used in an everyday sense often has negative connotations, and the memories of most students in lectures will probably involve sleeping to the monotonous tones of an ancient professor. And yet, you would be hard pressed to find a university that does not use […]

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Out on the Wards

Out on the Wards

[box]Tom Swaine considers the difficulties that some LGBTQ students encounter on the wards [/box] Coming out is an odd experience; as much as it is portrayed as this key, dramatic, singular event in your life, the truth is the exact opposite. Not in the sense that is isn’t a key turning point in your life (it is), nor because it […]

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How Do You Solve a Problem like Careers?

How Do You Solve a Problem like Careers?

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief discusses the management malaise in medicine [/box] As medics of the future, we are asked to spend a lot of time contemplating our career but there are not enough of us willing, once we are doctors, to consider a career in hospital management according to a recent poll undertaken by The Hay Group. Published by the Guardian, […]

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The Internet is for P-p-persuasion

The Internet is for P-p-persuasion

[box] Oscar To explains how internet etiquette can impact on doctor-patient interaction [/box] In the modern day, the internet has allowed us to become ever more connected to people from all over the world, many of which we will never meet. Social media platforms have given us an unprecedented ability to expose ourselves to the world, be it in our […]

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The Student Diet

The Student Diet

[box] Rob Cleaver visits the World Food Aisle [/box] Often at my family occasions studentdom seems to prevail as a novelty. “Are you studying hard?” “What are your lecturers like?” “How’s the lecherous binge drinking culture treating you?” One other often touched upon subject is the student diet, you know, that one where you eat nothing but turkey twizzlers and wash it […]

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Loneliness is both the cause and effect of our social media addiction

Loneliness is both the cause and effect of our social media addiction

[box]Rob Cleaver explores the issue of loneliness in an increasingly global society[/box] In a modern society such as our own we are often caught bemoaning a lack of human intimacy, a distance between us and the world. We blame external factors of course, no human readily accepts blame, whilst we nuzzle lovingly with our electronic devices – refreshing, refreshing, refreshing. […]

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Should the NHS be Privatised?

Should the NHS be Privatised?

[box] Oscar To explains why the NHS is best kept in state hands [/box] After the Second World War, the UK was in ruins. We’d lost our empire, our people lost in blood and iron, and our money owed to the USA. Wisely, we ousted the jingoistic Churchill from office and Attlee fought tooth and nail against the BMA, bringing […]

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Professionalism: Whose Job is it Anyway?

Rhys Davies On a grim December day in Manchester, the GMC held a conference for doctors and medical students entitled Professionalism: Who’s Job is it Anyway? The conference came at an apt time, at the end of a challenging year for the medical profession. The Francis report recommended changes to avoid another scandalous breakdown in care like at Mid Staffordshire […]

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