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I give it a year…

[box]By John Park[/box] Marriage is hard, apparently. We are told the hardest part is especially in the first year, when couples freshly off their merry honeymoon phases are thrown into the real world and are racked with second thoughts and bouts about the life-long contracts they signed. Such is the premise for this excellent little comedy gem from Britain. Josh […]

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Dear Doctor…

[box]Our in-house “doctor” solves all your problems[/box] Dear Doctor, I love being a medical student and all the self-importance that entitles me to. But as much as I have a marvellous time living with my housemates (it’s like ‘Friends’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Skins’ and ‘In the Night Garden’, all mixed together in a lovely bucket of bliss), I really really miss my […]

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Rash Resolutions

[box]Zara Zeb’s monthly column[/box] In 2005 a British psychologist Cliff Arnall came up with a formula that combined several factors, including bills from the Christmas period to be paid, our ability to pay the debt, the weather, and broken resolutions, to calculate the most depressing day of the year. It started off with the 4th Monday of January but was […]

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Why does everyone hate medics?

[box]Oliver Davies asks the ultimate question[/box] 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 […]

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Play your way to becoming a better doctor…

[box]Govindpal Singh Kooner tells why you should join Paediatrics Society [/box] If you’re a London medical student, particularly at Imperial College, you may be quizzical about the influx of multi-coloured, merry-looking caterpillars growing all over the walls, on posters and in emails. Is the Imperial College Healthcare Trust currently crippled by a benign infestation of garden-variety ‘Lepidoptera’ larvae? No, although […]

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League tables – help or hindrance?

[box]Sheikh Momin questions the value of league tables [/box] League tables are a thorny and divisive issue for everyone involved in the university application process – the school teachers, the universities themselves, parents and, of course, the applicant. Many universities confirm a high league table ranking as a sign of prestige and academic quality and boast about these in their […]

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Help! I’m not a robot…

Help! I’m not a robot…

[box]Miriam Barker asks whether we’re being taught to be robots…[/box] It’s late on a Friday afternoon. Opposite you is ‘Mrs Green’, a lady who has arrived with a bad case of athlete’s foot. As you ask to have a look, she begins to wince in embarrassment. You reassure her that ‘anything you see will not go further than their health-care […]

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Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

Peripheral rotations abroad – a must for medics?

[box]By Shivali Patel [/box] Medicine is a field that encompasses a plethora of knowledge, which medical students and doctors attempt to acquire continuously from the moment they begin the course.  Clinical medicine is a more practical way of learning from patients in hospital wards and clinics. Most students experience this style of learning after year three.  Currently, most specialty rotations […]

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Ergo Cogito Ergo Sum

  [box] Harvinder Singh Bhamra reviews Damasio’s ‘Decartes’ Error’  [/box] I think, therefore I am – a quotation from one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Descartes was a visionary, but did he fall into error with this bold statement? ‘Descartes’ Error’ by Antonio Damasio is a neurobiology book masquerading as a philosophical idea. The ideas of this […]

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The Love Drug

[box]Michael J Badger takes the love drug[/box]   I have tried to love someone, I really have. I’ve sought them out across the student union, I’ve stalked them from my friend’s Facebook account. I just can’t love them as much as I love drugs. Not just the kind that gives all those Old Etonians the feeling of being down with […]

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