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Comments Off on Remote Video Consultations during Covid 19 Pandemic

As the Novel Corona Virus / Covid 19 infection becomes more and more prevalent, it is likely that increasing degrees of social distancing will be recommended. Whereas my outpatient clinics and infusion services are still running normally, I do have the facility to offer video consultations for existing patients who cannot attend in person for …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Information for rheumatology patients about Corona virus (updated 17/3/2020)

This post was updated 17/3/2020 to include some updated information in the context of the worsening Corona Virus pandemic. I have also removed the videos that I previously posted as the information included in some of the segments is out of date. Please note: This advice has been prepared by way of information for patients …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on The God delusion

It’s 10pm on a Sunday night and all of my family and I are watching and laughing at Gogglebox on Channel 4. Except for my teenage son, who is upstairs in his bedroom. He is studying hard because he has decided that he wants to be a doctor. He’s started his vocation early — he’s only 14. …Read the Rest

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In: Blog, Medical Independant, Social Media, The practice of Medicine

Comments Off on Online Education Versus Real Learning

I have been doing some teaching recently. The final meds have been coming in for some last-minute prep for their exams. They’re a smart bunch and, for the most part, confidant, warm and don’t take themselves too seriously. Much as I’m enjoying the experience, they sure do ask a lot of questions and seem to …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Leaving Cert Nightmares

It is usually at this time of the year — as chatter about the ongoing Leaving Certificate examinations reaches a peak — that the nightmares come back. I arrive late for my Irish exam, unable to recall a word of Irish or a single interesting thing that Peig Sayers might have once said. Or I’m …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Diet, supplements and dietary fads in arthritis

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by patients is whether diet plays any role in the management of arthritis. If one were to believe what they read in the papers about dietary remedies, or in the number of books promoting diets or supplements claiming to cure arthritis, one would be forgiven for wondering whether they …Read the Rest

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In: Blog, Medical conferences, Medical Independant, The practice of Medicine

Comments Off on Anyone for Tennis? Coaching in Medicine.

Whereas I am long past the point where I have realised I can’t know everything, I like to think I’m good at keeping up to date. I keep abreast of the medical literature, attend conferences and tick all of the necessary CME boxes to keep the Medical Council happy. And yet, as I pass the …Read the Rest

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In: Blog, Medical Independant, Musicians Health, The practice of Medicine

Comments Off on Bum Notes and Other Afflictions

The hedonistic lifestyles of certain musicians will be familiar to many readers, but the unexpected dangers of playing a musical instrument may not. Aware that I have an interest in musicians’ health, last week a medical colleague alerted my attention on Twitter to an interesting article in the October 2013 edition of Der Hautarzt (German dermatology journal), …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on The Bad Doctor will see you know.

When’s the last time you read a comic? As a boy I loved reading The Beano and later, like lots of other adolescent boys, immersed myself in the more violent worlds of Action and 2000AD. As a medical student, I became attracted to the subversive allure of Fat Freddy’s Cat, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on The stuff of good medicine

When was the last time you went to the funeral of one of your patients? Whereas I have had patients with whom I developed strong relationships over the years, whose funerals I might have attended had I known them in any other capacity than as their doctor, I tend not to go. Like many doctors …Read the Rest