July 25th 2008, 17:51
Those of you old enough to witness the descent of the cigarette, from essential accessory for the sophisticate to Evil Incarnate, within two generations may be getting a sense of deja vu right now.
This time round it's the turn of the mobile, or cell, phone, which, over the past 15 years, has become the essential accessory for everyone who needs to tell everyone else everything you are doing at every moment.
July 21st 2008, 11:59
The UK government has come up with a novel way to improve efficiencies within the National Health Service. It's planning to pay a bonus to surgeons whose patients survive and recover.
The annoucement comes as a surprise to those of us who had naively assumed that that is what they're paid to do anyway, and it's just one of a raft of measures that incentivises hospitals to reduce rates of infections, readmissions and post-operative mobility.
July 7th 2008, 12:57
One of my favourite philosophers used to be that arch pessimist Arthur Schopenhauer. Put it down to a troubled adolescence. Although he said many significant things, everyone today seems to quote this one saying of his:"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
I was reminded of it when I was researching the work of the pioneering dentist Weston A. Price (1870-1948) for the latest special report for 'What Doctors Don't Tell You'. He certainly withstood a great deal of ridicule in his lifetime even though he held the prestigious position of research director of the American Dental Association.