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Developing Health Course 2010 – part V

Day 8 and it’s surgery. John Rennie and Colin Binks gave such an encouraging presentation that we all now feel we could do a laparotomy! We learnt some other useful skills too, including suturing (useful or the laparotomy of course) and taking skin grafts, practised […]

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Developing Health Course 2010 – part IV

Back for week two of the course, refreshed by a weekend off. A few of our international visitors enjoyed a trip round some of the sights of London – Herve from Benin was amazed to see how the British dress outside Buckingham Palace… Monday was […]

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What will it take for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) actually to prosecute someone for assisted suicide?

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer, whose job it is to prosecute people who break the law, announced last Friday that he did not consider it to be in the public interest to bring a case against former GP Michael Irwin (pictured), for […]

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How seriously should we take the recent report from the RCOG claiming that fetuses cannot feel pain until 24 weeks gestation? Not very!

‘A fisherman once told me that fish have neither sense nor sensation, but how he knew this he could not tell me’ (Bertrand Russell) In a House of Lords debate on abortion in November 2007, Lord Clarke, commented, ‘I do not know whether fish feel […]

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Developing Health Course 2010 – part III

Today is community health day and I’m currently in the back of the lecture theatre watching Alex Duncan’s amazing video of life in the back of beyond in Central Asia. He lived there for 6 years with his family, setting up a primary health care […]