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The Story of Rene Laennec and the First Stethoscope

The Story of Rene Laennec and the First Stethoscope

No single piece of equipment is more synonymous with the medical profession than the stethoscope. I can vividly remember wearing my brand new Littmann stethoscope with pride on ward rounds as a medical student, desperately trying to discern diastolic murmurs and extra...

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The Beginners Guide to Non-Invasive Ventilation

The Beginners Guide to Non-Invasive Ventilation

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is the administration of ventilatory support without the use of an invasive airway measure (e.g. endotracheal intubation or tracheostomy tube). It can be applied using a variety of devices including facemasks, nasal masks, various...

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Top 10 Medical Apps for Medical Students & Doctors

Top 10 Medical Apps for Medical Students & Doctors

For medical students, learning how to diagnose and treat everyday illnesses, serious conditions and even life or death situations, is both complex and challenging. Fortunately, modern technology provides numerous medical apps for students and doctors. These help with...

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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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