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The State Epidemiologist who inspires tattoos

By Dr Muiris Houston | Oct 22, 2020 |

Is Sweden’s approach to Covid-19 a cautionary tale, or a realistic response in the absence of a vaccine? I doubt…

The improbable side of medical research

By Dr Muiris Houston | Oct 12, 2020 |

The connection between eyebrows and narcissism was just one example of the delightfully eccentric research highlighted at this year’s Ig…

What we can learn from pandemics past

By Dr Muiris Houston | Sep 21, 2020 |

Some reactions to the Black Death were not dissimilar to how people are acting during Covid-19 As the Covid-19 pandemic…

On the moral responsibility of medicine

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 31, 2020 |

The profession has a collective duty to ensure that the next generation of doctors is educated and that medical research…

Masking our fears

By Dr Muiris Houston | Aug 17, 2020 |

Society’s response to mask-wearing tells us a lot about ourselves One of the (many) interesting things about Covid-19 has been…

Dreamtime in Dromineer

By Dr Christine O’Malley | Jul 14, 2020 |

Life during lockdown was strange and difficult, but there were good times too Did it really happen? Yes, there really…

The Covid-19 language explosion

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jun 29, 2020 |

From ‘covidiot’ to ‘coronacoaster’, the pandemic has thrown up almost a dictionary’s worth of new words As readers are aware,…

An evidence-base for e-consultations

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jun 3, 2020 |

More research is required before telemedicine becomes mainstream practice First of all, a confession: Bless me, for I have sinned.…

A call for intellectual humility

By Dr Muiris Houston | May 13, 2020 |

Dr Danielle Ofri’s new book does not necessarily play to her undoubted writing skills When Dr Danielle Ofri opened her…

The long, tough road ahead

By Dr Muiris Houston | Apr 30, 2020 |

An exit strategy from social distancing restrictions is necessary and the Government needs to outline how this will be achieved…

A callous concept for Covid-19 control

By Dr Muiris Houston | Apr 10, 2020 |

The promotion of herd immunity is ageist and borders on euthanasia The coronavirus pandemic keeps throwing up unusual reactions. The…

The new reality of medical decision-making

By Dr Muiris Houston | Mar 20, 2020 |

Over the coming weeks and months, doctors will face some very difficult ethical decisions, especially involving triage and the rationing…

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