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Crowd-sourced meta-health writing: wish I’d thought of it first.

A mate of mine has just obtained crowd-sourced funding to write a series of medical articles on the croakey.com website. This opinion series sponsored by individual payments will be an Australian first, if you don’t count John Laws and cash-for-comments. … Continue reading

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Ask yourself four diet questions. Or I will.

I just don’t have the appetite for diets. Or, more specifically, for taking a diet history. The sort of thing my health service’s dietitian does ten times daily—bless her, and all her thin colleagues. Honestly, if the patient’s answer to … Continue reading

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What’s not to love about skin rashes?

Luckily beauty is only skin deep, because this rash was a beauty. Classic red rings, each containing another red circle centrally—named ‘target’ lesions after the chain store logo. “Erythema multiforme!” I announced with an Ancient Greek twang. I guess the … Continue reading

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Running man

I am a jogger. More specifically, I am a jogger this week. Even an actual runner, if you don’t count the uphill and flat bits. It’s been a fast-moving week. Jogging is a fundamentally boring pastime; the only ones who … Continue reading

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My patients’ New Year’s wish list

I’M STARTING 2014 with a wish list and some empathy. Not my own wish list — my patients’. That’s where the empathy comes in. I’m imagining what changes they would wish upon me, by putting myself in their shoes. Actually, … Continue reading

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Toes in the Byron Bay sand

This column is delivered to you from a Byron Bay beach, where I’m relaxing after attending the inaugural Boomerang Aboriginal music festival. I point this out as a status symbol: I am hip enough to hang in Byron, cool enough … Continue reading

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2013 cardiac news according to Shakespeare

In October, Medical Observer asked me to summarise 2013 research into cardiac risk factors. I discovered Shakespeare had got there first. Hearts. Don’t you just love them? Yet despite their adorable cardiac shape, they cop a whole lot of negative … Continue reading

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Factual facts vs Dad jokes

My exciting tale of seeing @DoctorKarl, a real, live science geek, in my home town’s writers festival was first published here in Medical Observer, Oct 2013. This morning I took two of my sons to see Dr Karl Kruszelnicki at the Brisbane Writers … Continue reading

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Election mode

For some reason, elections are on my mind. I have a fascination with our 24-hour political fascination. The concept that a single campaign interview gaffe might actually change who we ask to rule our land for the next three years. … Continue reading

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The Big Twit

Let’s start by conjugating the verb. I tweet, you twit, he twitters, we tweet, you twit, they twitter. Notice everyone is tweeting except you…you are merely a twit! Now, don’t get narky: back in my mid-forties, I was just like … Continue reading

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