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  • 9 Aug 2023
    Swati Jha, Priya Madhuvrata

    Gynaecology for the Obstetrician: a must read for every Obstetrician

    The origins of women’s health before the establishment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a specialty was predominantly by women who were unqualified midwives, often without any medical training and steeped in folklore. One example of primitive treatments offered being venesection for symptoms of the menopause. As medicine evolved physicians became more involved in the process […]

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  • 30 Jun 2023
    Adam Polnay

    The tone that makes the music: Psychodynamics of Listening with Intent

    When a therapist listens to a patient in psychotherapy, this is a bit like listening to music. With music, we listen to musical notes but also to the tone, rhythm, the themes that emerge, the changes in mood, and the silences. Furthermore, even with songs in a foreign language when we don’t understand the words […]

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  • 22 Jun 2023
    Simon Burton

    New book ‘Presenting the First Test-Tube Baby’ provides the lost paper 45 years later

    When Steptoe, Edwards and Purdy announced the birth of the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, 45 years ago it was an international sensation. But there was also disbelief from some colleagues over this miraculous birth and the IVF pioneers were criticised for not sharing their secrets within a scientific publication. Now a new book, […]

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  • 17 May 2023
    Cyrille Rossant

    A journey into the shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma controversy

    Cambridge University Press is publishing a textbook I have co-edited with five colleagues, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Investigating the Abusive Head Trauma Controversy, by Findley et al. With contributions by 32 authors, this book provides a thorough analysis of an interdisciplinary subject lying at the intersection of medicine, science, and law, and covering topics in pediatrics, […]

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  • 12 Dec 2022
    Mary Crossley

    Long COVID as a Case Study for Race/Disability Intersectionality

    Chimére Smith is one of tens of millions of Americans with symptoms of long COVID. According to an August 2022 NBC News story, the 40-year-old Black woman from Baltimore was experiencing extreme fatigue, diarrhea, brain fog, and loss of vision in one eye, along with other symptoms. The symptoms were debilitating, preventing Smith from working […]

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  • 9 Dec 2022
    Robert Friedland

    The new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is only modestly effective: What else can we do now?

    The media have been busy in discussion with the results of a large clinical trial that is a new monoclonal antibody therapy, designed to treat patients with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. On November 29th, the data was released from the clinical trial, developed by Eisai and Biogen. The outcomes show that the antibody, […]

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  • 28 Mar 2022
    Xenophon Papademetris

    I Want to Save the World!

    My co-authors and I were having our first meeting with Sara Epperson, Yale’s Director of Digital Education, to discuss our proposal to record a Coursera online class based on our then-upcoming textbook “Introduction to Medical Software: Foundations for Digital Health, Devices, and Diagnostics.” Her opening question to us was “why do you want to record […]

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  • 10 Jan 2022
    Munier Hossain

    Medicine and statistics- not Montagues and Capulets

    In his 1597 play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, William Shakespeare narrates the tragic story of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The two young persons are in love, but their families are engaged in a blood feud. The consequences were tragic. The imposition of statistics in medicine evokes similarly strong emotions. The animosity may not be as […]

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