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The Hotel of the Damned

The Hotel of the Damned

  Rob Cleaver There is a certain type of person who is able to, who is obliged to, spend time at Broadmoor Hospital. They are there because they are not well, they are there because they need treatment for ongoing severe psychiatric illness not because they need a vacation.   Lately, the hospital itself has been undergoing treatment, a facelift […]

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We Mustn’t Stop Being Medical Students When Textbooks Close

Luisa Peress, 2nd year medical student We are repeatedly told by faculty members, relatives and people we know that as medical students, we are different. This shouldn’t only mean that once graduated we will probably earn a higher than average salary and wear the esteemed badge on our clothes that says “Dr.”, followed by our surnames. In my opinion during […]

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Capital Caught in Vicious Cycle

Capital Caught in Vicious Cycle

[box] Keen cyclist Alex Howell balances the guilt of the parties involved in the recent spate of fatal collisions [/box] Six cyclists have been killed in road accidents in London over the past fortnight, the most recent of which occurred down the road from where I live, on a junction I’ve travelled through many times. My heart goes out to […]

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How the Mentally Ill Pose a Greater Risk to Themselves Than to Us

How the Mentally Ill Pose a Greater Risk to Themselves Than to Us

[box] Rob Cleaver explains the misreported truths of risks posed by the mentally ill [/box] We in the 21st century are very much in favour of purging the prejudices that still lurk in the dark back alleys of Britain. We are plodding progressively towards an enlightened world where women are no longer discriminated against and also towards a disability, racially and […]

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No More Doctors Without Borders

No More Doctors Without Borders

[box] David Fisher ponders a fix for the migrant levy before Border Patrol is instated in the consultation room [/box] As a medical student, it would seem odd if a consultant required us to check the immigration status of our patients in clinic and yet this could soon become a reality. Critics of new Government proposals suggest that if they […]

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‘So What Kind of Doctor Do You Want to Be?’

[box] Rhys Davies answers the question as truthfully as his peers will allow [/box] It’s an innocent enough question and, after six years at medical school, one I have grown very familiar with. It can be applied to conversation with a medical student in any kind of social situation. Friends and family over rarefied Christmas get-togethers; friends at university when […]

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Death Doesn’t Wait for Weekends

Death Doesn’t Wait for Weekends

[box] David Fisher dissects the recent furore over increased death rates at weekends [/box] Would you have a coronary artery bypass graft on a Friday 13th? What if you accidentally smashed a mirror on the morning of the operation? Would the sight of ravens precipitate a heart attack before walking through the hospital door? New evidence brings to light another […]

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Why Do Other Students Hate Medics?

Why Do Other Students Hate Medics?

 So then, where do I begin? Quite frankly, this article could fill the whole edition, but for now, I’ll try and keep it brief. Before I begin I should probably explain a little about myself. As a graduate medic, there was once a time when I was also just a ‘regular’ student and so have partly shared in the perspective […]

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Why women aren’t better than you.

Why women aren’t better than you.

I’m going to leap in at the very start and make this point now. 
Feminists don’t hate men. Our brothers, fathers, sons, friends, colleagues and lovers are men. Our patients are men. When a feminist says, “I am a feminist”, he or she is not saying, “I am a feminist, ergo I loathe the Y-chromosome and routinely burn my underwear”. […]

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Oh go away: The Southbank skate spot closure

Oh go away: The Southbank skate spot closure

So this spring, the Queen Elizabeth Hall applied for permission to demolish, refurbish, and undo something very close to a lot of peoples hearts: The Southbank skate spot. It’s not an understatement to say that this space is one of the most famous skate spots in the entire world – Inherited by skaters in 1978, it has since become a […]

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