Category Archives: Coffee Time

Effective Communication

I was interested to hear recently that the guidance regarding what constitutes effective communication with patients has changed. I remember watching a Royal College of GPs video many years ago demonstrating a perfect consultation. It was an odd experience because I know if I’d have read a transcript of the consultation I would have been… Read More »

Respectful advice

I confess that over the last few months (or possibly even years) this newsletter has been heavy on opinion (or at the very least ranting) and light on good old fashioned medical advice. This is in part because if I don’t have my monthly rant I will simply explode and in part because I’m not… Read More »

Head Transplant

I read with great interest in the New Scientist about a surgeon who is pretty sure that in the near future he will be performing head transplants. I’ve spent a fair amount of time wondering about this. After all it is remarkable what can be done today. The boffins are genetically engineering organs left right… Read More »

Bionic Man

I think I’m pretty fit for someone who receives mail from Saga. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink any alcohol, I do drink lots of beetroot juice, I run lots, I eat healthily, I don’t have any chronic health problems and I don’t take any medication. Now I appreciate that a lot of these benefits… Read More »

Books Of The Month

My first book of the month is Jonah Lehrer’s excellent read ‘The Decisive Moment’. He pulls together lots of fascinating research in neuroscience to explain how we make decisions. My second is a Jon Ronson book (last month I plugged his ‘The Psychopath Test’) – So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. In the first person he… Read More »