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Keeping up appearances: Sleeve notes on white coats

In a previous Dorsal View, we looked at studies showing how wearing a white lab coat appeared to improve the performance of participants in certain tests. Importantly, the effect was only seen when the participants were informed that they were wearing a doctor’s white coat, rather than an artist’s white coat, for example. But what…

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The woman who shot Mussolini

Prof Brendan Kelly recounts the fascinating life of Violet Gibson In March 2021, a Dublin City Council committee voted to support the erection of a plaque to the memory of Violet Gibson, an Irish woman who shot Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini in 1926. It is hoped to locate the plaque at 12 Merrion Square,…

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Medical mysteries and lightning-fast ‘cures’

Avery happy New Year to all Dorsal View readers. Hopefully you are rested and well and ready to wade knee-deep into your waiting lists. May this year bring us happier times than the oneand-a-half years that preceded it. To start the year, a quick look back at how freak accidents sometimes led to the resolution…

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Dublin Hospitals FC –the season so far

With the Leinster Senior League season now at the midway point, Dublin Hospitals FC (DHFC) find themselves in a strong league position this New Year, which gives us an opportunity to take stock of the progress so far. We rewind back to Friday, 9 July 2021 on a balmy Sunday evening in Crumlin, when DHFC…

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Mindo Cartoon 13 January

The august history of the Dublin Hospitals Cup

‘The Hospital Pass’, written by Drs Con Feighery, Michael Farrell, and Morgan Crowe, is an account of thehistory of the Dublin Hospitals rugby competition, which dates back to 1881. Here is the foreword to the book The game of rugby football is attributed to William Webb Ellis who, according to legend, when attending Rugby School…

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It’s beginning to read a lot like Christmas…

A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon They say you really know Christmas is looming when RTÉ starts flogging us the Toy Show. But for many in the medical walk of life, the arrival of Christmas is signified by the annual BMJ quirky festive offering. It’s the ‘most wonderful…

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An engrossing account of a career in emergency medicine

Trauma is everywhere. More precisely, the term “trauma” is now used to describe everything from truly traumatic experiences that would disturb most people, to the routine ups and downs of everyday life that leave some of us slightly upset. Everything is traumatic, it seems. It is not entirely clear when this trend started, or why…

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Mindo Cartoon 23 December

Book launch: 1957 That was when… by Past President of the College of Anaesthesiologists, Prof Anthony Cunningham

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