Decisions! Decisions!!

  Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it. Charles Swindoll It was always going to decide which speciality to follow after five years of grind at medical school. Initially we new graduates all dived in feet first with enthusiasm into our new careers. Our first pay were on […]

Just a Quickie Please Doc

There’s no reason for it …… it’s just our policy WwRobert G. Evans   This blog is deliberately written to feature short anecdotes and quotes. Some are informative. Some are amusing. Some are serious. Some are controversial.  Historically Petri dishes were placed around various points in a ward especially in Intensive Care Units. They were often […]

Medical Funnies

Anaesthetists and most surgeons generally work long hours. At times it is tough going. Stress can be a problem. With seniority, stress disappeared from me. There was no point in carrying such a burden. Confidence dissolved the stress I suffered with it enough during my years as a trainee. My problem as a consultant was not […]

Three Kids, Two Women and a Man

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40 : 31 People assumed that I had a wealthy and glamorous life. It is easy to think that. There are psychological traumas […]

The Book Pedlar

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with  laughter. Some day I intend on reading it. Groucho Marx  There is so much pleasure gained by turning the musty pages of a book. The rustic smell as each page is turned brings joy. It is just not the […]

Whatever Happened to suits, ties, shiny shoes and white coats?

I would make myself head of the style police and we would fight fiercely  against sloppiness. Karl Lagerfield  It was rare for me at any time during my career to be scruffily dressed or unkempt in my appearance. My father was on a dialysis program. He had been unwell overnight. I could not refuse to […]

One Day…..One Day…..One Day…..

Do not be afraid, our fate cannot be taken from us, it is a gift. Dante Alighieri     One Day…..One Day…..One Day….. One day, I met an elderly woman sobbing,  One day, I saw a very worried husband, One day, she said she wanted the cancer out of her, One day, she said she […]

The Greatest Ever Experiment on Mankind

  If you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will come to believe it yourself. Joseph Goebbels  In the mid 1990s the concept of evidence based medicine hit the shores of Britain. The idea was to ensure practice must be based on sound scientific principles. This created the concept of […]