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What we can learn from pandemics past

By Dr Muiris Houston | Sep 21, 2020 |
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Some reactions to the Black Death were not dissimilar to how people are acting during Covid-19 As the Covid-19 pandemic…

On the moral responsibility of medicine

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 31, 2020 |
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The profession has a collective duty to ensure that the next generation of doctors is educated and that medical research…

Masking our fears

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 17, 2020 |

Society’s response to mask-wearing tells us a lot about ourselves One of the (many) interesting things about Covid-19 has been…

Dreamtime in Dromineer

By Dr Christine O’Malley | Jul 14, 2020 |
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Life during lockdown was strange and difficult, but there were good times too Did it really happen? Yes, there really…

The Covid-19 language explosion

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jun 29, 2020 |

From ‘covidiot’ to ‘coronacoaster’, the pandemic has thrown up almost a dictionary’s worth of new words As readers are aware,…

An evidence-base for e-consultations

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jun 3, 2020 |
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More research is required before telemedicine becomes mainstream practice First of all, a confession: Bless me, for I have sinned.…

A call for intellectual humility

By Dr Muiris Houston | May 13, 2020 |
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Dr Danielle Ofri’s new book does not necessarily play to her undoubted writing skills When Dr Danielle Ofri opened her…

The long, tough road ahead

By Dr Muiris Houston | Apr 30, 2020 |
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An exit strategy from social distancing restrictions is necessary and the Government needs to outline how this will be achieved…

A callous concept for Covid-19 control

By Dr Muiris Houston | Apr 10, 2020 |
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The promotion of herd immunity is ageist and borders on euthanasia The coronavirus pandemic keeps throwing up unusual reactions. The…

The new reality of medical decision-making

By Dr Muiris Houston | Mar 20, 2020 |

Over the coming weeks and months, doctors will face some very difficult ethical decisions, especially involving triage and the rationing…

The great AI myth

By Dr Muiris Houston | Mar 9, 2020 |
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AI will not replace doctors and should be considered as just another clinical tool to help achieve more accurate diagnoses…

‘Leaveism’ — the new curse of the workplace

By Dr Muiris Houston | Feb 27, 2020 |
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We are close to accepting a tech-enabled, 24-7 working culture from which it is increasingly difficult to switch off Readers…

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