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Month: June 2017

Tebbit on Brexit.

To quote the noble Lord: “Of course we don’t have the power to look after our citizens overseas, not in these days when we don’t have many gunboats, but we have an obligation to look after the rights of those people, and to look after those rights first” Quite correct. And every nation needs gunboats. […]

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Hubris.

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I disagree with Great Ormond Street. If a family want to try alternative therapy and there is no evidence based treatment, or no cure, they should be allowed to do so. To assume that we, as medicos, have a monopoly on cure is arrogance. It is hubris. We are not God, and we are not […]

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Lawyer up [Luke 22]

I do not believe pacifism is scriptural. This world is fallen, and we need to take steps to protect ourselves or those whom we love. We will be accused, we will be hounded. I would add that I spend too much time in Victoria. It continues to function as a penal colony, with kangaroo courts, […]

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The university is not fit for purpose.

I am just stupid enough to be clinically useful. One of my sons, who is brighter than I, fits poorly into the university. Bruce Carlton and Edward Dutton note that this is now common. The university had one purpose: to be a sheltered workshop for geniuses. Those of us who are not such (and I […]

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Barriers to an effective treatment?

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ECT is as effective a treatment for mood disorders than any other, and using harder outcomes, such as readmission rate, may be better than others. This paper, a comparison of the readmison rate of the 1.5% who got ECT after admission to a psychiatric ward for a mood disorder with those who did not, is […]

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