Yearly Archives: 2010

Positive Problems

We all know that positive thinking works. The placebo effect is the most well known example, if you believe that something will work then indeed it will. If I tell you that you’ll get better and you have credibility in me, then you’ll feel better almost instantly. Conversely there is the nocebo effect – if… Read More »


I learnt recently of an amazing statistic in the first world war. Most of the doctors went to war – which meant that there were almost no GPs. So what happened to the civilian population who did not have any medical support?

Healthy Days

With a fear of offending the traditionalists I’ve produced my own version of the 12 days of Christmas. Due to shortage of space I’ve only produced the last verse. On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my Doctor sent to me … Twelve runners running Eleven dieters dieting Ten smokers quitting Nine ladies dancing Eight cyclist… Read More »

Perfect Patient

One of my favourite moments of cinema history was Monty Pythons Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They took the essence of Chivalry, Bravery and Honour to the extreme.

Weathering Well?

Whether the weather be fine, Or whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Or whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not! Aleksandra Lachut I’ve previously chatted about glue – my name for those subconscious utterances between the meaningful things we want… Read More »

Brain Revolution

We are on the brink of a revolution. Our knowledge of how the brain works has advanced little from the classical philosophers until the advent of sophisticated psychological experiments and functional MRI scanners.

More Feedback

Regular readers will know that we are always on the look out for ways to improve the service we offer. Now matter how good a service is, it can always be improved. Indeed it is my belief that a sign that a practice may be failing is when the practice is no longer striving to… Read More »

Repeat Scripts

I suspect that one of the ways we could improve our care would be instant repeat prescriptions. However we take the view that it is important that you are organised about your medication and part of that organisation is making sure you give yourself sufficient time to request a new script. We will always turn… Read More »