I am a consultant (in gastroenterology, hepatology and general medicine) seeking to improve public understanding about medical decision making. Here you will find posts that provide insights into how (I think) doctors think.
The blog has been up and running since August 2012. Recurring subjects include end of life care, resuscitation decisions, assisted dying and the challenge of providing compassionate care in busy environments. I also explore education, training and the nature of the medical ‘apprenticeship’. A recent innovation has been the Interactive Ward Ethics feature, in which you link into a parallel site and are asked to play the role of a trainee doctor by making decisions in difficult ethical scenarios. Try one and see!
You can follow me on Twitter @philaberry for notification of new posts. Five compilations have been published as e-books and paperbacks – ‘Motives, Emotions and Memory – exploring how doctors think’, ‘Spoken/Unspoken – hidden mechanics of the patient-doctor relationship’, ‘A Face To Meet The Faces’, ‘A Hand in The River’ and ’When Windows Become Mirrors’.
I also write fiction. My books can be explored at http://www.philberrycreative.wordpress.com.
A blog page listing my previous academic publications can be accessed here.