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May 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 3)

Bryan Hubbard

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Bryan Hubbard is Publisher and co-editor of WDDTY. He is a former Financial Times journalist. He is a Philosophy graduate of London University. Bryan is also the author of several books, including The Untrue Story of You and Secrets of the Drugs Industry.

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Do fewer patients die when the surgeon is away or on strike?

July 31st 2018, 14:21
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I can imagine that the typical surgeon, when he was a young boy (or girl, of course), was the sort who would keep fiddling around with things until his exasperated mother exclaimed: "For goodness sake, Bernard (Bernadette), it'll never get better if you keep touching it."

This fiddling around doesn't do anyone any good, least of all the patient. This universal truth struck me recently when I was reading a study that discovered that heart attack patients are more likely to survive if the hospital's leading cardiologists are away at a conference. It's like the urban myth that when doctors go on strike, fewer people die.

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What big picture?

July 17th 2018, 15:57
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If you're a doctor—or, better yet, a researcher at a pharmaceutical company—you think you've got human biology nailed. After all, you must know how it all works so that you can develop new drugs and prescribe and treat patients.

And because you've got it all figured out, you can laugh at unscientific alternatives like acupuncture and dismiss them for the quackery they are. Right?

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