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The Dancing Plague of 1518

The Dancing Plague of 1518

In the summer of 1518 in the city of Strasbourg, Alsace, a woman by the name of Frau Troffea took to the streets and started to dance. She continued to dance day and night without stopping. No one knows why she started but within a few days others started to join in....

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Platelets as a Cancer Marker

Platelets as a Cancer Marker

A large, population-based study published in 2017 in the British Journal of General Practice has led to the emergence of raised platelet levels as a risk marker of cancer. The study showed that 12% of men and 6% of women with thrombocytosis were diagnosed with cancer...

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What is Eosinophilic Oesophagitis?

What is Eosinophilic Oesophagitis?

Eosinophilic oesophagitis, which is sometimes abbreviated to EoE in American publications, is an allergic inflammatory condition of the oesophagus that involves eosinophils. It was first discovered as a clinical entity around 20 years ago but has only recently become...

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What’s New in Trauma? (ATLS 10th Edition Updates)

What’s New in Trauma? (ATLS 10th Edition Updates)

The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program was introduced in the 1980s to address the need for higher-quality trauma care, particularly in the “first hour” after injury, following an incident in which an orthopaedic surgeon crashed his plane in a rural setting....

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Survival Tips for Night Shifts

Survival Tips for Night Shifts

In the 14 years or so that I worked regular night shifts in the Emergency Department, I’m not sure I can honestly say that I ever fully adapted to them. It is well recognised that there is an increased risk of poor decision-making and errors at night, and it is,...

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Exchange Opportunities for Medical Students

Exchange Opportunities for Medical Students

As they navigate through Medical School, students are exposed to a varying number of opportunities, and among them gentle invitations to explore the medical perspectives of other nations. From in-class interactions with their colleagues from different parts of the...

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The Management of Sore Throat

The Management of Sore Throat

Sore throat is one of the most common presenting symptoms in the general practice setting. The most common cause of sore throat is viral infection. Commonly implicated viruses include rhinovirus, coronavirus, adenovirus, influenza and parainfluenza viruses. The most...

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Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, both in the U.K. and worldwide. This prevalence of this devastating illness is increasing, partially due to rising rates of obesity, but also as a consequence of an ageing population. The...

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Writing a Great Doctor’s CV

Writing a Great Doctor’s CV

As a doctor, you have completed some very rigorous education and certification. You might even think that you don’t need to put much thought or effort into your CV because of how highly skilled and educated you are. But hiring managers still have things they are...

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Claudius Galen

Claudius Galen

The Greek physician, Claudius Galen, is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of Medicine. Galen was the greatest physician of his era and was also a skilled surgeon and renowned philosopher. He was responsible for numerous advances in the...

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