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The wisdom of Solomons

The dull memoir of the noted early 20th Century physician Dr Bethel Solomons is leavened by some bizarre passages Despite his many achievements (President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Master of the Rotunda, capped 10 times for Ireland in rugby), I had never heard of Bethel Solomons (1885-1965) until I came across…

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Setting free the resentful prisoner

Prof Seamus O’Mahony argues that older doctors should be relieved of on-call and acute duties to concentrate instead on elective and outpatient work The phrase ‘resentful prisoner syndrome’ was coined by the doctor, journalist and broadcaster Michael O’Donnell in a 1983 article in the British Medical Journal. He defined it as the “fate of many…

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