Suspenders Stockings Frilly Knickers, Zips and Underpants

Wash your hands Ignaz Semmelweis  On May 15th 1850, Dr Semmelweis stood on the stage at the Vienna Medical Society’s explaining his great discovery. He is regarded as the pioneer of antisepsis. Often regarded as the “saviour of mother”, he advised his surgical colleagues that death by simply washing their hands could be significantly reduced. […]

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 […]

What is a Gasoose?

 Picture Jonny on the floor in the company  of the lovely Tracy Tyttefieder (no, you work out the pronunciation) having trouble with his pipe. The problem is that he can’t get it out –   and eventually the lady has to resort to a hacksaw to finish it off. Jonathon May (Confessions of a Gasman) […]

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 […]