Skip to content

Bite-sized cardiomyopathy – the heartbreaking case of mistaken avocado identity

A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon When is avocado not avocado? When it’s wasabi, otherwise known as Japanese horseradish, a spicy green paste served as a condiment to sushi and which, it transpires, can induce ‘broken heart syndrome’ if taken in sufficient quantities. BMJ Case Reports sometimes throws…

Read More

Reality check: When the lines between reality and satire become blurred

A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon I’ve touched before on the sometimes sensationalist approach to reporting on Covid-19 by some media sources across all platforms. Now, along with every other aspect of life, there must be an element of personal responsibility that applies and people should show some…

Read More

The curious case of the intoxicated man

A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon There follows a brief curiosity for the medical detectives among you, if you have not already heard of a similar case. It’s a diagnosis which for six years eluded a multidisciplinary team that included psychiatrists, neurologists and gastroenterologists, among others. Case study:…

Read More

From a height – symbolically and literally throwing 2020 out the window

A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon What an odd year that was and no doubt you are among the vast majority who are glad to see the back of it. While the Irish approach to seeing in the New Year revolves largely around the consumption of industrial volumes…

Read More

Ants and mummies: Christmas less conventional in Sierra Leone

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon We all face unique challenges during this particular Christmas and New Year period. If you’re working in a hospital, you’re probably trying to imagine ways to make the holiday period a little more festive for patients and staff, which is more…

Read More

DNA (do not abbreviate) – first blood drawn in the war against acronyms

Fair dinkum to the researchers at the University of South Australia, who analysed 24 million scientific articles and 18 million abstracts in the noble task of assessing the use of acronyms by scientific researchers in published papers. In case you were wondering, in all the millions of papers, the most widely-used acronym over the past…

Read More

Finger on the trigger: Viewing facts through left- or right-tinted glasses

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon It’s a struggle to remember a year more crazy than 2020. Aside from you-know-what, we are watching the most controversial US election ever play out, creating even deeper chasms of social and political tribalism in an already bitterly divided country. However,…

Read More

Was Michelangelo familiar with jugular venous distention?

A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon I’m always fascinated by the concept of ‘doctor as detective’. It illustrates that the truly skilled physician has an unquenchable desire to get to the root of a medical condition, conundrum or mystery, and a good exemplar is Dr Daniel Gelfman,…

Read More

Risk vs benefit: Considering the consequences of a six-week lockdown

First and foremost, along with anybody else of sound mind, one must extend sincere sympathies to anybody who has lost a friend or family member due to a death associated with SARS-CoV-2 and to anybody who has suffered severe symptoms caused by the virus. It has caused death and misery on a worldwide scale, but…

Read More

An embarrassment of data riches — Covid-19 tracking apps in South Korea

A previous Dorsal View discussed the concerns that were raised by Trinity College Dublin tech researchers regarding some rather intrusive elements of Ireland’s Covid-19 tracker app. The worrying aspects centred around Google’s thirst for our personal information and how this went above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to contact tracing, according…

Read More
Scroll To Top