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  • The Dorsal View

    Needled by a lack of legislation on tattoos?

    Dr Doug Witherspoon | 19 May 2016

    The Dorsal View has previously drawn attention to the risks posed by sending mixed messages on health to the general public. It was with interest, then, that I noted a news story in the 9 May issue of the Medical Independent on efforts to bring regulation to the area of tattoos.

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  • The Dorsal View

    Primum non nocere? A dark look back in history

    10 May 2016

    Following the recent illuminating feature article in the Medical Independent on the dark exploits of John Bodkin Adams, a doctor who was widely suspected of first persuading his patients to include him in their wills and then expediting their demise, it might be worth taking a look back at some of history’s dark angels in white coats. Perhaps there are one or two you’re unfamiliar with.

  • The Dorsal View

    Meeting of minds: not your conventional conventions

    28 Apr 2016

    Conference season is well and truly upon us. When all the voices have been heard, votes cast and issues thrashed-out, AGMs can also provide a welcome opportunity to catch up with some old friends over a social libation. But these events can also be stressful, depending on the health of the union in question and the profession overall.

  • The Dorsal View

    The head-wrecking dilemma of contact sports

    18 Apr 2016

    My eldest boy recently decided to give up playing rugby and I admit to a sneaky sense of relief. I’m not a hand-wringing ‘new’ parent and have no desire to wrap my little ones in cotton wool, but there is increasing evidence and opinion to suggest that there is a lack of awareness around concussive injuries, particularly in the amateur arena. As those of you who attended the 2016 IMO AGM will know, this was a hot topic at the meeting.

  • The Dorsal View

    A watchful eye is needed on adolescent opioid use

    08 Apr 2016

    An interesting study was brought to my attention recently, which seems to show that medical misuse of opioids in adolescents does not necessarily come from a desire to ‘get high’, but rather is a desperate attempt at pain relief.

  • The Dorsal View

    Staying healthy — not too sad, not too happy?

    16 Mar 2016

    As we all know, patient communication is a vital part of providing healthcare in the most effective way possible. The media has its own important part to play in this regard and sometimes I actually feel sorry for people who read the health supplements or bite-sized health-related stories in newspapers, especially the ‘red-top’ tabloids.

  • The Dorsal View

    Nobody is immune to the stresses of being a single parent

    03 Mar 2016

    Anyone who has raised, or is raising, a child needs no confirmation of the stresses involved. But new research has emerged, which shows that co-parenting has an even bigger effect on the immune system than travellers’ gastroenteritis or the flu jab.

  • The Dorsal View

    Read all about it — media matters on reporting obesity studies

    18 Feb 2016

    The fight against obesity is a noble one but it has long been recognised that to have a chance of winning it, we need the public on board. However, an interesting piece of research on how the media influence perceptions on obesity throws new light on prejudices against overweight people and media coverage of the ‘battle of the bulge’.

  • The Dorsal View

    One doctor’s thanks to a Starman for all the Golden Years

    04 Feb 2016

    David Bowie’s passing was felt by all those with an appreciation for great music and rare talent. Only a handful of his closest friends knew of the illness he had been battling with quiet dignity for 18 months since his liver cancer diagnosis.

  • The Dorsal View

    Trump cards: Donald the ‘liberal’ healthcare candidate

    21 Jan 2016

    Over the Christmas period, after one-too-many slow and relaxing lunches, yours truly dozed-off in the armchair and had a dream that was quite surreal — Donald Trump was President of the US and Jeremy Corbyn was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

  • The Dorsal View

    Talkin’ about a resolution? We all want to change the world...

    07 Jan 2016

    Is it really that time again? Clinics and GP surgeries will see a steady trickle of patients over the next couple of months, all looking for a leg-up with their well-intentioned resolutions. Brace yourself for demands for everything from nicotine replacement therapy to weight-loss advice.

  • The Dorsal View

    Are doctors the ones they don’t want in a ‘secret Santa’?

    17 Dec 2015

    Are doctors really so hard to buy gifts for? Of course, it’s the thought that counts and the vast majority of us wouldn’t be churlish if we were to receive a Christmas gift that doesn’t exactly blow us away.

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