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As my 50th birthday party celebration approaches, my teenage kids grow increasingly anxious about the prospect of watching their dad ‘getting down’ on the dance floor on the big night. I understand completely. It’s not an attractive sight. Spare a thought then for the family of a 50-year-old ‘dad dancer’ who sustained a subdural haemorrhage …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Getting the holiday blues

I always get excited about going on holidays. There’s the anticipation of down-time away from work for relaxation, sleeping, eating, reading, and some quality time with my family. Life is just going to be better on holidays. I just know it is. Of course it is. A few days after my arrival, I eventually ‘land’. …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Changing times at the RCPI

For the last couple of decades, like most of my physician colleagues of my generation, I haven’t had a whole lot to do with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Having passed the MRCP examination in the early 1990s, my only regular dealings with them has been an annual last-minute scramble to enter CPD …Read the Rest

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“Daddy, can I have antibiotic for my sore throat?” People think it must be great to have a doctor in the family. They imagine a doctor spouse as a free and infinite source of medical information, a compassionate, calm presence in the face of a family medical crisis or someone with an ‘always-on’ bedside manner. …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on The empathy ‘dimmer-switch’

I’ve been reading a lot about psychopaths recently. Psychopaths, according to psychologist and author Kevin Dutton, have “a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse and an ability to manipulate others”. Dutton, in his bookThe Wisdom of Psychopaths points out that “unlike their box-office counterparts, not all psychopaths are violent, or even …Read the Rest

When I was approached a few months back ago to volunteer as a dancer at my daughter’s school’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Fundraiser I declined. The excuse I used, to my shame, is that I was too busy. The truth is that I was too afraid. Like many men of my age, I avoid occasions where …Read the Rest

Sheridan’s cheesemongers is one of my favourite places to visit on a Saturday morning. It’s a beautiful shop in the market area of Galway city, with an impressive selection from the best cheese makers from Ireland and Europe. In cheese terms, the possibilities of Sheridan’s are almost boundless. I have been a visitor to the …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on “You are a doctor for God’s sake. Will you act like one?”

On his evening off a doctor attends his local theatre when, at a particularly dramatic part of the play, a voice shouts loudly from the audience “Is there a doctor in the house?!”. Eager to help, he immediately stands and replies “I’m a doctor.” “Bloody awful play isn’t it doctor!” comes the reply. Doctors are …Read the Rest

Anyone with even a passing interest in Irish music will be aware of the excitement surrounding new Irish group, The Gloaming. The group is made up of a number of well known Irish traditional musicians (Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Iarla Ó Lionaird) and two Americans; Hayes’ long time collaborator, Denis Cahill and the New …Read the Rest

My patient is a middle aged professional, with no symptoms what so ever. He is fit and healthy, a non smoker, has good teeth, eats well and has no family history of arthritis or autoimmune disease. So why is he seeing a rheumatologist? He’s concerned about some results he has received from a genetic screening …Read the Rest