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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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Paying the ultimate price for telling the truth about the coronavirus

As the landscape continues to change with regard to Covid-19, conflicting information is emerging around transmission rates, mortalities, etc. Amid all the morass, one thing is certain; as is invariably the case with such outbreaks, doctors and other healthcare professionals are the ones at the coalface and are at the highest risk of contamination. Part…

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The gender agenda: Rights or wrongs?

Let me begin this brief piece by saying genuine, clinically-diagnosed gender dysphoria (GD) is an extremely upsetting and troubling condition for both a child and their parents and should be addressed with care by qualified, responsible medical professionals. And it is important to add that GD is distinct from gender ‘non-conformity’. The DSM-5 has now…

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