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The Three Sisters

Medicine, Healthcare and Wellness sound synonymous to most people. In reality, they are three step-sisters in the same house, always bickering. Can they ever be reconciled? First, some words about Hippocratic medicine. In many important ways, Hippocratic medicine is the opposite of healthcare and wellness. Hippocratic medicine puts the patient first. This is why it …

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The Accidental Pharmer

It’s been a while. Two months, to be precise. Life is not always as predictable as one hopes (on the other hand, come to think of it, that’s maybe not such a bad thing – I would never have been doing what I’m doing if life was predictable). People often wonder how on earth a …

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Not what the doctor ordered

Half a lifetime ago (literally), I was privileged to start my medical studies at the (then) University of the Orange Free State. A common joke doing the rounds at that time was that there were no oranges, nothing was free and everything was in quite a state. But the medical school was great. The facilities …

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Physician, healthy self?

Surgeon General’s Warning: Providing health may be hazardous to your health. Being a doctor is not as glamorous as TV series would lead one to believe. For one thing, the patients are really sick and not just lovesick (although, sometimes, they are sick all over you). When the Black Death struck Europe, being a doctor …

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Rise of the Clever Brutes

(or: The Rise of Reason and the Fall of Respect) Ideas have legs. Some ideas can outrun a racehorse. Some ideas keep running for centuries, slowly soaking through the fabric of society. Allow me to take you on a brief time warp. Not far, just to the dawn of the Modern Age (and no, it …

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Things I Have Learned

That invisible thingie that just fluttered past you was 2013. Most of 2013, at any rate. 2013 marks the 21st year since I was let loose on an unsuspecting public to practise (ahem…) medicine on the patient (and the not-so-patient). It may please you to know that I have done a lot of practising in …

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