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This year my wife and I decided to compile a list of all of the holidays we’ve had since we had kids. Its a nice list and we’re lucky to have travelled as well as we have. I always get excited about going. There’s the anticipation of down-time away from work (and other peoples’ problems), …Read the Rest

 “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” (Pascal)  So this week I spent an hour of my time listening to a recording of silence. The silence I listened to was from a 3 track CD called Anail (Anail – the Irish word for ‘breath’). It is a series …Read the Rest

  I really don’t mind if you do. Although joint injections in the my hands aren’t too painful, the first time a doctor put a needle into my knee I swore*. The expletives popped out of me, just like they did when I splashed petrol in my eyes filling up the lawnmower, or when I …Read the Rest

Everyone working in healthcare should have a quick look at this very funny video. Although it pokes fun at the inability of men to listen and empathise effectively, it could just as easily represent a doctor patient interaction. Whereas a medical explanation for a patient’s problem might be obvious very early in the course of …Read the Rest

Like a lot of other social media addicts, I fear my brain may be changing. Constantly feeding my brain with a diet of high calorie online information and ideas, I am finding it increasingly difficult to switch the darn thing off. Hyped up on the sorts of epiphanies presented through TED talks, I sometimes have difficulty …Read the Rest

On a couple of evenings, most weeks during the summer, I go for a swim in the sea.  The first foray into the water in early June after the winter and spring layoff always comes as a shock to the system. No matter how many times I return after the break, the anticipation of the cold …Read the Rest

  Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. Published by Jonathan Cape (Hardback) 2013  This is a wonderful short book about ballooning, photography, love and more specifically, an attempt by its author, Julian Barnes, to come to terms with the death of his wife.  Levels of Life will be a gift to those trying to make …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Docwise for iPad.

Although readers of this blog will be aware that I’m a big fan of the new RSS Reader Feedly, I sense that its use by the broader medical community may be limited by a general lack of familiarity with RSS technology in general. A show of hands at a presentation I gave last week indicated …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Feedly. For Doctors.

Updates provided by RSS feeds, alongside those presented on Twitter, form the main source of in-bound information in both my professional and personal life. RSS allows me to capture, filter, index and save news and updates from a wide variety of information sources in the one place for review at a time that is convenient to …Read the Rest

‘I just can’t do it anymore doctor. I’m a wreck’. Mary is a widowed 72 year old lady who has a bad back, sore wrists and shoulders and as a result, has difficulty sleeping and sometimes even dressing herself can be a struggle. These symptoms make her own life difficult but her main concern is …Read the Rest