Outside Number 10

The above image is of Larry the cat taken recently outside Number 10 Downing Street.  The words come from ‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark. This was one … Continue reading Outside Number 10

‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

“battling” [the] “horrible”

Last Sunday I watched and listened to the Secretary State of Health on BBC One: The Secretary of state began: Politicians often use military metaphors when discussing health and care: … Continue reading “battling” [the] “horrible”

The forgetfulness of others

“To grow old, as Simone de Beauvoir said “is to define oneself” and being defined is privative as well as positive” I have always been interested in the history of … Continue reading The forgetfulness of others

“Truth telling and dementia”

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, has arranged a meeting for the 5th June 2013 to discuss the diagnosis of dementia as much debated of late in the BMJ. … Continue reading “Truth telling and dementia”