Response to Atul Gawande’s Reith lecture ‘The problem of hubris’

  Dr. Atul Gawande (Illustration by Joel Kimmel for The Boston Globe) In his 3rd Reith lecture 'The problem of hubris' Dr Atul Gawande spoke about doctors’ reluctance, whether through habit, laziness, aversion or even commercial interest to ask about patients' true goals near the end of life. It is not easy to find fault in... Continue Reading →

‘With respect, you’re wrong’: dealing with faith in alternative therapy

'An Astrologer Casting a Horoscope' from Robert Fludd's Utriusque Cosmi Historia, Oppenheim, 1617 (via Wikipedia) I have always been very accepting of patients’ attitudes to complimentary medical therapies, even homeopathy. But this week, as I listened to Bosworth MP David Tredinnick arguing that homeopathy was a valid therapeutic option, I wondered whether doctors can respect the... Continue Reading →

Defending the ledge

A tricky one this, but I believe there is point to make - about perception.   A recent Guardian article by author Nicci Gerard gave an account that will be familiar to those involved in the care of the elderly. Her father was admitted to hospital with what seemed to be a relatively minor complaint (a leg infection), but... Continue Reading →

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