Medicine has a language all of its own – a combination of Ancient Greek, Latin, people’s names, made-up words and acronyms – but what is the purpose of that language? It has been developed for us to communicate with each other – with other doctors, but also with our colleagues, staff and patients – and … More The power of communication in medicine
We know to our cost that doctors are not superhuman, and if the current epidemic of burnout, exhaustion, depression and suicide is to be dealt with, we all need to be treated as people in order to be able to care for ourselves and do our jobs and and provide the deep care that we all feel for people. … More Reform is needed for unaccredited registrars
What if self-care is not about doing anything in particular, not something that we have to add to our days, but rather how we care for ourselves in every minute of our day … for self-care is a quality of being. … More Self-care – not just another doing, but a quality of being
Why do we as doctors, who care deeply about people, turn a blind eye when it comes to problems with alcohol, in ourselves and in our colleagues? … More Alcohol: why do we turn a blind eye?
We live life as if we are merely human and human life is merely physical, but deep down we have a nagging sense, a knowing even, that this is not true and that we are far more than we pretend to be. … More Living life with energetic integrity
t\The meaning of philosophy is ‘the love of wisdom’ … be wise and loving, and discern what is true … and the whole truth always includes love.
… More How to read if your favourite philosopher is having an off day
I have been asked to write an article on “philosophy (not religion)” and this has me wondering … why would we separate the two, and if we have, which we have, when and how did that happen and would it serve to reunite them once again? … More Philosophy (not religion)
I am an ex-superwoman. I learned my special powers from my mother, who was an actual superwoman – she worked full-time as a doctor, raised four children, cooked like a chef, gardened like a pro, kept a lovely home, was incredibly smart, wise, literate and erudite, a lovely person and all-around amazing. She had no … More Top tips for dealing with ‘Mother guilt’
We may remember learning, recalling and reciting the law of reflection at school, but have we ever stopped to consider what the science of reflection actually means, and what it means for us in our everyday lives? … More The Science of Reflection – what is it reflecting to us?
Do all doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training? Medicine is a very stressful career, and we are exposed to a great deal of shock and trauma during the course of it. … More Do doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training?