- Every disease has its queuer
- Australia’s best doctor comes in from the bush
- Tiwi GP – I can run, but can’t hide
- Coleman’s guide to poisoning and the dark arts
- Bad Habits
- Avoiding doctors like the plague
- Podcast 14: Alcohol-related harm in general practice
- Managing diabetes is not all about expensive medication
- My perfect medical statistics day
- GP Sceptics podcast 13: Nurses’ conflicts-of-interest
- A textbook case walked into the room
- Vitamins: mostly harmless, mostly profitable
- Post-truth therapy: alternative medicine with alternative facts
- Drug seeker basted me like a turkey
- 48-second GP consultations
- ‘Junior’ doctors: what’s in a label?
- GP Sceptics podcast 12: Doctors’ resilience
- GP Sceptics podcast 11: Medically Unexplained Symptoms
- How to measure med student empathy
- The Fed endures, and so must we
- Tamiflu: an expensive lesson in panic stockpiling
- GP Sceptics podcast 10: GPs at the Deep End
- Pain clinics: how did such a fresh idea turn sour?
- Not just a GP – I’m your specialist in uncertainty
- GP Sceptics podcast 9: The Environment
- Let’s celebrate the bolt-cutter surgeon
- Greater transparency on specialist fees: a no-brainer
- Four Corners Big Vitamins exposé: cuts both ways
- Five reasons why I’d still encourage my child to do medicine
- GP Sceptics podcast 8: Marketing
- Google Health Cards: the first test drive
- GP sceptics podcast 7: EBM Hijacked!
- Does the weather affect our joints?
- GP Sceptics podcast 6: Obesity – Christmas edition
- Anne Deveson, who destigmatised schizophrenia
- Why ‘medicine for the rich’ is sometimes inevitable
- GP Sceptics podcast 5: Lyme disease…don’t get sold a lemon
- GP Sceptics podcast 4: Addiction
- Homeopathy: US mandates ‘No evidence’ labels
- With Obamacare gone, how will Trumpcare affect US health?
Category Archives: medical writing
Five reasons why I’d still encourage my child to do medicine
Being a doctor has been a relatively tough gig for around 2,500 years. But the rewards are still worth it. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged career, Medical Observer, medical student, study, university 2 Comments
Google Health Cards: the first test drive
For the first time today, when you type certain diagnoses into Google, an information box will appear. I take these ‘health cards’ on a test drive. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged diagnosis, google, health, health cards, medical, Medical Observer 5 Comments
Does the weather affect our joints?
Shakespeare wasn’t the first to reckon the weather affects our rheumatics. But a new study casts doubt that we can ‘feel it in our bones’. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged arthritis, EBM, Medical Observer, pain, rheumatology, Shakespeare, weather Leave a comment
Anne Deveson, who destigmatised schizophrenia
THE DEATH of Anne Deveson –writer, broadcaster and social justice advocate – marks the final chapter of a life that reflected the immense change in the way Australians have perceived mental health issues over the past century. Deveson, who died from … Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged Deveson, Medical Observer, mental illness, Obituary, schizophrenia 1 Comment
Why ‘medicine for the rich’ is sometimes inevitable
High-cost pharmaceuticals imported by the rich? Sorry, that’s life. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged cost, doctor, importation, Medical Observer, pharmaceutical Leave a comment
Homeopathy: US mandates ‘No evidence’ labels
US homeopathic products will now require a label saying they don’t work. Good news, but not quite good enough. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged Alternative medicine, evidence, homeopathy, Medical Observer, regulation 3 Comments
With Obamacare gone, how will Trumpcare affect US health?
The richest health industry in the world woke this morning with a feeling of ‘what just happened?’ Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged health, healthcare, Medical Observer, pharmaceutical, President, Trump, USA 2 Comments
Mothers, don’t plan on early delivery unless it’s medically necessary.
Mothers beware! New study suggests planning births before 39 weeks is linked to child learning difficulties. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged C-section, child development, evidence, health, mothers, pregnancy Leave a comment
Coffee – safe even if your heart is a bit dicky
Even if you have a pacemaker, get your hipster self down to the local café. Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged arrhythmia, coffee, heart failure, Medical Observer 3 Comments
Do GPs ever regret referrals?
An Australian study (featured today in Medical Observer) has found prostate cancer patients are more likely to regret surgery than radiotherapy. This had me wondering; if my patient regrets surgery, should I then regret having referred them to a surgeon? We would … Continue reading
Posted in medical writing Tagged GP, Medical Observer, referrals, specialists 4 Comments