Beating the night shifts

No-one likes night shifts. The sleep deprivation along with being out of sync with the rest of humanity can be pretty demoralising. Why they suck Along with the well documented evidence that it leads to mistake-inducing fatigue, dodgy drives home and concerning long-term health outcomes. Other, more anecdotally down-points include the social isolation that occurs…

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The Myth of Medicine

Inevitable when meeting new people the subject of our respective jobs always occurs. I must confess, many of these are perplexing to me, I will nod my head as someone tells me they are a digital marketing manager. I understand all three of these words individually but put together I have idea what this person…

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Stroke; the best reviews

This is the first of what I hope to be regular summaries of the best of free open access resources on a specific topic. From the basics to the latest research here is a run-down of some of the finest summaries. Up first a common but surprisingly contentious presentation; acute treatment of Cerebral Vascular Accidents….

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Too much of a good thing? Oxygen and asthma

A summary of a Randomised controlled trial comparing high concentration oxygen to titrated oxygen in acute severe asthma. What was the point?  There is an increasing body of evidence that high levels of oxygen may be harmful administered for a prolonged period in several circumstances including stroke, MI and Emergency surgery. Studies are being undertaken in…

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Being a junior doctor

Our Profession in today’s NHS This is a essay a wrote for doctors for the NHS, who had a competition for junior doctors about what our profession means in the modern NHS.    In our shared office space, where a reprieve from the organised chaos of an 21st century NHS Emergency department can be found,…

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