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A call for medicine to stop devouring its young

A call for medicine to stop devouring its young

The recent deaths of four junior doctors are an urgent reminder that medicine needs to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture, says Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. *** Kimberley Ivory writes: Media reports have highlighted the recent sudden […]

So what do medicine and journalism have in common? Some reflections in response to Katharine Viner’s lecture

So what do medicine and journalism have in common? Some reflections in response to Katharine Viner’s lecture

If you haven’t already had the chance to read this lecture on the changing nature of journalism, delivered last month by Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, it is well worth taking the time to do so. Viner’s description of journalism as a behaviour and “as something you do, not something […]

Latest update of health and medical news at The Conversation

Latest update of health and medical news at The Conversation

In the latest update of the health and medical articles at The Conversation… Reema Rattan and Fron Jackson-Webb write: Here are some the highlights from The Conversation’s health and medical section from the past fortnight: Fixing the hospital postcode lottery is a matter of life and death By Jonathan Karnon, Professor of Health Economics at […]

A few days in the life of two GPs. What do you make of it?

A few days in the life of two GPs. What do you make of it?

A writer’s lot can be rather frustrating when people read something quite different into a piece of writing than what the writer intended. Generally I assume it means I haven’t expressed myself clearly enough – or that the reader has such a firmly focused set of lenses that they are incapable of viewing the world […]

The latest news on social media and public health/medicine

The latest news on social media and public health/medicine

For those with an interest in the implications of social media for public health and health care, here are some recent links (they are in two parts – the first is related to medicine and the second to public health): Social media and medicine • This article published by the New England Journal of Medicine […]

The pitfalls of fee-for-service healthcare

The pitfalls of fee-for-service healthcare

Has fee-for-service medicine and healthcare more broadly passed its use by date? “Yes and no” is the suggestion of this brief report from The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, published as part of its myth-busting series. The commonly held belief that most doctors prefer fee-for-service is a myth, it says. While the report is framed […]

Two books that you shouldn’t miss

Two books that you shouldn’t miss

Professor Kerry Goulston, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, has sent in the following review of two books likely to interest Croakey readers. He writes: “There are two outstanding books which I can highly recommend. First, “Direct Red” by Gabriel Weston, who is a young Scottish Surgeon and a gifted narrator.  She […]