The Dorsal View

Are you suffering from burnout without realising it?

Burnout is no joke and in all probability, most of us have suffered from it at some intermittent stages in our lives. The consequences for ourselves, the people closest to us and ultimately the patients you care for are significant and there is an onus on every healthcare professional to be aware of the sometimes…

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Don’t forget your shovel if you want to go to work…

It’s an age-old question: Who, or what group of people, are most full of BS? Okay, so it’s politicians, we all know that, but let’s take a closer look at why and more specifically, what type of person is more likely to distribute the verbal fertiliser. Well, some ‘research’ from University College London in the…

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Too many steps forward, too many steps back

Too many steps forward, too many steps back The Dorsal View has been known to rail against excessive political correctness, such as one US university’s ban on clapping at presentations in order to be more inclusive for those who are either unable to clap, or are unable to fully appreciate the sound of clapping. Then…

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Will AI replace your medico-legal lawyer?

Artificial intelligence is a slowly-creeping influence in all aspects of industry and life in general. There have been plenty of ‘click-bait’ stories about how super-intelligent robots will replace doctors. Whether they have the potential to replace administrators some day would be a more interesting avenue of discussion.   At any rate, bearing in mind the…

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The Dorsal View – 4 April 2019 – The next pandemic: A case of when, not if

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field The next pandemic: A case of when, not if There was an event last year that probably should have received more attention in the media, and possibly should have been taken more seriously by world authorities in public health.    In June of last year,…

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The Dorsal View – 25 March 2019

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field Far from the maddening profession The wonderful insights on psychiatry from your scribe Prof Brendan Kelly, who regularly imparts his wisdom in the Medical Independent, not only regularly give me pause for thought on the complexities and controversies of psychiatry, but also on how far…

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Are the ‘lazy media off their trolleys?

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field Are the ‘lazy’ media off their trolleys? Readers will have noted in the last issue of the Medical Independent the comments made by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly regarding the numbers of people languishing on trolleys in emergency departments.…

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The Dorsal View

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field Crazy crazes or Darwinian selection? How many injuries have you treated where the aetiology can be traced to irresponsible action or just plain stupidity? Naturally, every patient deserves to be treated equally, regardless of how they acquired their illness, but any doctor would be entitled…

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