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Plagues, Comets and Volcanoes

Plagues, Comets and Volcanoes

The sixth century AD was a tumultuous period of human history. It marked the end of Classical Antiquity and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Empires fell and new ones rose up to take their place. It was in this period that the legendary King Arthur is said to have...

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Sepsis – What’s Changed and What’s New?

Sepsis – What’s Changed and What’s New?

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide but remains a little known entity to the general public. Every year, around 150,000 people in the UK develop sepsis and, of those, over 40,000 die. The incidence of sepsis in the developed world is increasing by...

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Imhotep – The First Physician

Imhotep – The First Physician

The ancient Egyptian civilisation was the first of the recorded great world civilisations. Little is known about the prehistoric societies that came before Egypt but it is assumed that they were steeped in superstition and that their ability to treat disease was...

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Cardiovascular Insights 2

Cardiovascular Insights 2

In the first post on cardiovascular insights, Dr. Hicks looked at the structure and function of the heart, understanding atrial fibrillation and congestive cardiac failure. We return again to his helpful site, to gain a deeper understanding of heart attacks and...

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Spanish Flu: The Deadliest Pandemic in History

Spanish Flu: The Deadliest Pandemic in History

In the Spring of 2009 a new strain of influenza began to infect people in Mexico. Reports suggested that the outbreak had started in February due to farming practices at a pig farm and it was henceforth given the name ‘swine flu’. By April, cases had started to spread...

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Physician burnout Part 4: Increasing our re-charge at home

Physician burnout Part 4: Increasing our re-charge at home

Our lives are often frenetic both at home and at work. The last person that we look after is usually our self. If we step back and consider this for a minute, or if we look at it from the standpoint of us giving a patient advice, then our advice would be that in order...

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Physician Burnout Part 2:  Reducing Stress at Work

Physician Burnout Part 2: Reducing Stress at Work

In my last post, I mentioned Dr Dike Drummond’s “Burnout prevention matrix”. For me this provides a great way to dissect burnout prevention by looking at strategies to reduce stress at home and work and to increase our recharge in both. In this post, I want to focus...

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Physician Burnout Part 1: Preventing Burnout

Physician Burnout Part 1: Preventing Burnout

I am a doctor, a GP. I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years. I have always loved my job. Then, stress and anxiety completely crippled me. I no longer enjoyed working as a GP. In fact, I dreaded it. I was exhausted and burnt out. I am not alone in this. Over the...

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