What a great teacher looks like …

Bismillah, alhamdulilah: what a great teacher!  I loved this article on logarithms because it draws the student in through a story and then engages them and without them realising it teaches them something. Well done. Perhaps we should get doctors to start thinking like this…

https://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2016/08/17/how-do-you-master-the-rhythm-of-the-logs/#more-4906

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What is the third agenda in the consulting room?

Bismillah, alhamdulillah: the usual number of agendas in the consulting room are two: the doctor’s and the patient’s. But having listened to this podcast a third one has popped up which dictates its own agenda – and that is the system’s agenda. The panel discuss how they feel evidence medicine has become broken and how the quality framework started with an attempt to simplify complexity and increase standards in care but seems to have led to a more complex system with increased rigidity that undermines the basic ethos of medicine. It is nicely titled ‘Guidelines not Tramlines’ an allusion to the predefined track that the system forces both doctor and patient down.

Guidelines Not Tramlines
The BMJ Podcast
Duration: 21:42
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:18:47 +0000
URL: http://feeds.bmj.com/~r/bmj/podcasts/~5/7pnjq2e9XC0/266198603-bmjgroup-guidelines-not-tramlines.mp3

Julian Treadwell, Neal Maskrey and Richard Lehman join us in the studio to argue that new models of evidence synthesis and shared decision making are needed to accelerate a move from guideline driven …

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Ritalin and tennis?

Bismillah, alhamdulillah: what do playing tennis and Ritalin have to do with one another? The clue is in the first 4 letters of the word Ritalin. Rita happened to be the name of the wife of the chemist who discovered the drug. She is supposed to have used it to boost her tennis games! This Eyewitness program by the BBC on the discovery of Ritalin and the first RCT for children who had ADHD is a great listen. One child in the trial told his mum after taking the drug, ‘You don’t have  to shout at me, I understand you now.’

Have a listen…
URL: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download-low/proto/http/vpid/p03xhd0c.mp3

The drug Ritalin was originally used as a stimulant for adults – until researchers discovered it could help children concentrate. It’s now taken by millions of patients around the world to treat Atten…

The Thalidomide Trial

The fascinating story of the lawyer who started the ball rolling on the legal challenge against the manufacturers of Thalidomide. The challenge eventually failed but triggered off the questions and eventual ‘discovery’ of the congenital effects of Thalidomide. There is a poignant moment when the lawyer asks his wife’s doctor a question, after the birth of his son with the effects of Thalidomide. His son was born without arms, and he asked the doctor ‘if he had ever seen anything like this before’. 

The doctor replies: ‘never’. Later a relative of the lawyer has a similarly affected son. When he also mentioned this to the same doctor, he replied: ‘it must be genetic … have another child’

Have a listen…

The Thalidomide Trial

Witness
URL: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download-low/proto/http/vpid/p03wfgmt.mp3

On May 27th 1968, executives of Chemie-Grunenthal, the German company that made the drug thalidomide, went on trial charged with criminal negligence. Thalidomide had caused serious often fatal birth d…