End of life care

My thoughts this week have been about death, dying and the end of life care doctors provide for their patients.  All doctors need to be prepared to talk about death and dying, a short film by Kathryn Mannix, Palliative Care Consultant explains why this is so important.  Laura Asleep, David Hockney 1997 This painting by David Hockney …

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Hope

Do Remember They Can’t Cancel the Spring David Hockney 2020 David Hockey’s recently released iPad drawings remind us of the importance of connecting with nature, and recognising the hope that spring represents for the world. Van Gogh said, “Don’t just look at the spring, touch it, taste it. Get it inside you.” We can all …

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Books for Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my bookshop sent to me 12 books to help maintain the art of medicine Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese 2010 Published by Vintage  Several friends recommended this book. Set in Ethiopia, the story follows the lives of the doctors and staff at ‘Missing’, a mission hospital. The book’s main …

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Look what’s happening in September: What is being done to help address the negative impact of inequality on health and wellbeing?

This month, inspired by reading Darren McGarvey’s book ‘Poverty Safari’ I have been thinking about inequality and the negative impact this has on the health and well-being of everyone in our communities. McGarvey has experienced poverty first hand and understands why people from deprived communities feel angry and unheard. I’ve put together some of his …

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Look what’s happening in August- what does chronic pain look like? + new beginnings

What does chronic pain look like? The BMJ article 20thJune 2019  ‘What does chronic pain look like?’  provides the stimulus for this month’s post. It can be hard for patients to explain their experience of pain and for doctors to understand. The article describes a project that is investigating the value of visual imagery in …

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