Medical History: The Fastest Surgeon (Ever?)

While reading Disease by Mary Dobson (review to come shortly), an interesting surgeon jumps to the fore. In the era before anaesthesia, the success and survival rates of operations were said to be practically directly proportional to the speed with which it was performed. Bare in mind that in those days, patients were subdued by alcoholContinue reading “Medical History: The Fastest Surgeon (Ever?)”

Dusty Keepsakes for the Heart(hard)drive

A little project I attacked with some vigour during this shortish holiday was digitalising our family archives – which basically entailed scanning our family pictures to my computer (I like hyperbole, okay). My dad and I share a soft spot for the family history and I have had nightmares of losing all the old filesContinue reading “Dusty Keepsakes for the Heart(hard)drive”

Gala Dinner: Great Evening

I have written before of the virtues of a well-balanced life. Tonight it was proven to me once again. As the a member of the Academic Affairs Council of the university, I was invited to attend a special prestige evening held for the top achieving first years of 2010. Reasons to attend included – butContinue reading “Gala Dinner: Great Evening”

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Presenting a patient

As part of continuous assessment for this module, we have to prepare and present a case to the Module Head. Due to my apparent silence in hospital rounds since everybody knows that I can actually speak in public, my wonderful clinical group (I do love them :P) informed me that I would be presenting ifContinue reading “Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Presenting a patient”

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Learning to Listen

One of the most important things they try to drill into our heads at Med School is the ability to take a good, relevant history. If we get a question in a test or exam asking, “Patient X has these symptoms, describe the steps you would take to reach a diagnosis” and we do notContinue reading “Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Learning to Listen”