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.
In the world of medicine there has been a grammatical battle raging for what seems an eternity. "Who are the warring parties?", you ask.
Poking fun and self-indulgent chuckling aside, there is a serious aspect to all this senseless pseudoscience.
Have you ever submitted a scientific paper to a journal? Here are some insights into the Herculean labours of getting a paper published in a medical journal (with MJA excerpts).
Some things remain the same, some things change. Political machinations and bureaucratic bungles seem to be universal constants. However, empty hospitals no longer seem to be an issue...
A few experiences in the last week or two have reminded me of the importance of Peter Safar's Laws for the Navigation of Life:
It is sometimes forgotten that one of the most important goals of medicine is to help people achieve a good death. It is here that medicine and philosophy intersect.
Fixing stuff can be hard...
Nothing in medicine makes sense. Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution
In a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, we still end up spending more time alone.
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….