The Scotsman medical matters pages
The Scotsman medical matters pages
DAY in, day out, there are skilled nurses all over Scotland providing invaluable care to the sick and infirm. Many provide an excellent service, but it would be wrong to grow complacent.
PEOPLE who used to read the newspaper column I wrote when I was a GP often ask me how life has changed since I threw away my stethoscope and entered parliament.
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AT THE bottom of this article, in italics, a few details about me are given. They identify me as "a practising GP and a member of the Scottish council of the BMA".
THINK of the future of medical technology and the image of hand-held scanners from the world of Star Trek might come to mind – machines able to diagnose anything in a few moments.
LAST year, the global market in drugs to fight mental illness reached £9 billion, fuelled by a long-held medical consensus that diseases such as depression and schizophrenia are caused by imbalances in the chemistry of the brain.
NEURODEGENERATIVE diseases represent one of the major public health burdens of our time.
IN ARGUING against "no-fault" compensation for medical negligence claims, Frank Maguire (Medical Matters, 28 July) raises interesting issues.
WHEN asked if they support the principle of transplantation, about 95 per cent of those questioned answer yes. Yet when relatives are given the devastating news that a loved one has died, only 61 per cent agree to donate their organs.
FOR the last three months my colleagues and I have received a torrent of paper and electronic advice concerning swine flu.
AS A forensic dentist working for the Scottish police, John Drummond has seen some terrible sights.
THE Scottish Government has set up a task force of experts to examine a possible change in the way patients could obtain compensation from the NHS.
I CANNOT lie to you – I love a freebie. I'm not talking about the kind of freebies your local MP might enjoy at the taxpayers' expense, or the free clothes and holidays lavished on celebrities.
OVER the past 50 years the use of effective medicines to treat heart disease, cancer and infections has transformed and extended our lives.
PEOPLE don't realise how hard it is to say, 'I am living with HIV'," says Martha Baillie, the senior manager of community projects at Edinburgh charity Waverley Care. "While it might not be such a profound physical disability, in terms of mental health it can be quite difficult. People are living with something that shuts them off from everybody else."
CARE-giving is understood by economists as a "burden," by clinical psychologists as a "coping process", by health-services researchers in terms of health-care costs, and by physicians as a matter of clinical competency.
THE design of maternity hospitals has undergone a silent revolution, with current thinking taking into consideration such issues as wall colour, birthing pools and access to external spaces.
ALCOHOL has been my problem this month and it has given me a serious hangover. Not, I hasten to add, because I have been imbibing the stuff, but because it has been the subject of two important meetings I attended within a few days of each other in the past few weeks.
IN 2002, the UK IVF world was shattered by the media revelation of a fertilisation blunder in Leeds that saw a white couple have black twins.
LAST week saw the annual jamboree of the British Medical Association (BMA), which this year was in Liverpool.
DEAR Consultant for Patient-Centred Care, I want to draw your attention to our friend (whom we will call Patience) who recently lost her life while being cared for by the NHS. I know you exist because politicians and NHS managers talk about patient-centred care all the time, so there must be someone responsible for it. But, like Richard III looking for Richmond on Bosworth Field, I kept thinking I had found you, only to be frustrated.