Category Literary Medicine

Top 10 Foreign Bodies

These are my top 10 foreign bodies, found on X-ray. From time to time little things get lost. Whether you are playing billiards naked in the dark; counting money with your tongue; battling with an electric rolling pin; or just 'slipping' whilst in the shower….

The Stolen Case

Friday October the 15th is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Clare Skinner shares a story about loss and asks us to reflect on how we might care for patients and colleagues better. A trigger warning – discussion of…


House of God

It has been many years since I first read 'The House of God' by Samuel Shem, back before I even started medical school. It made me wonder what the hell I was getting myself into.
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How to be EPIC

Let it never be said that we resist change. We, the consultants in my ED, have been reinvented. We are now EPIC (...the Imperious).
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How to Be Kind

I seem to constantly skirt trouble. Writing and medicine are fractious bedfellows – a marriage not always congenial. Recently I missed the turnoff to wisdom...
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How to Read an ECG

Interpreting ECG’s is trickier than you think. One must have a system that will stand up to the pummel of ED situations and environmental influences

Flu Season

Evening shift. I stare at the computer screen, frustration and mild panic rising within me. Maybe if I look for long enough the Tetris game of too many patients and not enough cubicles will magically rearrange itself
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Phonetic alphabet

Probably the two most potentially useful skills I learnt in the army were ironing (a skill I try to avoid putting to use at any cost) and knowledge of the phonetic alphabet.