Book Review: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik

Look around you. Wherever you are now – in your room, at your favourite coffee shop – look around you and identify different objects. Coffee mug, shoe, these are pretty easy. Next up: identify some materials. This is a random question right? But there is so much STUFF around you, and it is exactly thisContinue reading “Book Review: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik”

Book Review: Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

I don’t really know how to describe Moxyland. It is Science Fiction set in Cape Town, and has FOUR POVs – an art-school drop-out, and activist, an “Aidsbaby” climbing the corporate ladder and a Vlogger/Gamer (basically). Don’t run away from the multiple POVs though, I thought it was quite well done. One can clearly tellContinue reading “Book Review: Moxyland by Lauren Beukes”

Review: The Big Necessity by Rose George

One of the first things I noticed when I started traveling was international differences in public restrooms. In New York City I was met with the conundrum of a city that has everything except restrooms. In China I saw squat toilets for the first time – and refused to use them. Working in a hospitalContinue reading “Review: The Big Necessity by Rose George”

Cure for AIDS: In the Pipeline?

When 28 Stories for AIDS in Africa inspired me to study medicine, I thought I was brilliant enough to find a cure to HIV. I imagined that state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, combined with the drive of curing my patients, would slip everything into place. I imagined that, like a light bulb, the solution would suddenly beContinue reading “Cure for AIDS: In the Pipeline?”

Could Computers be an Infectious Risk?

My dad works a lot with Health Informatics, and is very involved in the digitalising of South African health care systems, especially when it comes to tele-health. Recently, one of his colleagues mentioned something genius in its simplicity: There has been a big push to computerise the administration of hospital wards – and with goodContinue reading “Could Computers be an Infectious Risk?”

Mad Genius, or Simply Genius?

The latest worldwide Armageddon scare is man-made: Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands have created a mutation of the Bird Flu virus (H5N1) that could literally wipe out half of Earth’s population. Bird flu kills more than 50% of all people it infects. The reason it hasn’t caused mass annihilation thus farContinue reading “Mad Genius, or Simply Genius?”

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?)”