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If people are not sick with Covid-19, they are probably sick of it

The Dorsal View- a round-up of medical news and oddities from left filed by Dr Doug Witherspoon It can be interpreted as a good or a bad sign that ‘coronavirus burnout’ or ‘pandemic fatigue’ are things that people now have to deal with. With the pandemic showing little sign of slowing down, the general public…

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Media mischief-making and mayhem over Covid-19

Can we breathe out yet? As always, there are more questions than answers around Covid-19 and while medical experts and commentators have remained fairly rational and level-headed when discussing it, the same cannot be said for the media. Many media outlets have been culpable in causing considerable amounts of anxiety around Covid-19, some more than…

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Can’t you see this is a land of confusion? The genesis of mixed messages

The Dorsal View A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field by Doug Witherspoon The people of our little nation are in quite a tizzy at the moment and really, it’s hard to blame them for being confused, not to mention a little angry, over some of the recent developments and guidance around…

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Privacy or piracy? A fly in the ointment of the Covid-19 tracker app

The Dorsal View A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon The issue of data privacy has become increasingly vexatious in recent years. As the sophistication of apps improves, so does their ability to harvest your personal data. On a couple of occasions in recent years, the question of…

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Insights on the early days of sports medicine: The ‘Big Jack’ connection

The Dorsal View A round-up of medical news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon Unless you have no interest in sport or general mainstream news, you will have heard of the passing of ‘Big’ Jack Charlton, who won the football World Cup in 1966 with England but is of course most loved…

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Freedom of speech — to a point

With everything that has been going on with you-know-what, we could be forgiven for shrugging when World Press Freedom Day came and passed on 3 May. A minor landmark but perhaps one that should rank a little higher on the list of days dedicated to esoteric topics such as ‘National Popcorn Day’ and ‘National Thesaurus…

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