Doctors’ conflicts of interest

In my spare time, I gave over a decade to this cause. I submitted evidence to the Cumberlege Review. The following Editorial was published in the BMJ on the 21 … Continue reading Doctors’ conflicts of interest

Protected: The Narrative Controllers

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‘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’

General practice is the best job in the world

In a previous post of earlier this summer I explained why I share Dr Margaret McCartney’s view that “General practice is the best job in the world”. It is sad … Continue reading General practice is the best job in the world

Silent as light

The Antiquary: “is preoccupied on every level by the relation between past and present.” Mary Midgley: “These doctrines are often bizarrely over-confident and over-simple” George Orwell in Why I Write: … Continue reading Silent as light

We need a Renaissance of Generalists

I aspire to be a generalist. We live between the microscope and the telescope. I am of the view that the art and science of being a doctor requires such … Continue reading We need a Renaissance of Generalists

Making science a reality

It has been a long time since I last wrote on Hole Ousia about my activism for a science that strives for objectivity. It is probably reasonable to suggest that … Continue reading Making science a reality

Yellow socks and handstands

There is a lot of effort in NHS Scotland to raise awareness amongst healthcare staff about delirium, using statements like this: Delirium is a very complex state and it is … Continue reading Yellow socks and handstands

Medical education and economies of influence

This reply to Dr McCartney’s recent editorial “Forever indebted to pharma – doctors must take control of our own education” was published yesterday in the BMJ rapid-responses. I felt it … Continue reading Medical education and economies of influence

“As a critical friend”: awareness campaigns

I have just read: It begins: [we] As a doctor who openly asks questions I see great value in being a “critical friend”: The Alzheimer Scotland Strategic Review outlines significant … Continue reading “As a critical friend”: awareness campaigns

Sunshine Act for Scotland: transparency, independence and accountability

Mrs Chrys Muirhead, writer and carer, has submitted this response to the BMJ: This was in reply to this “no holds barred” piece in the BMJ by Dr Margaret McCartney:

Protected: “Can’t – won’t – no point”

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