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John Wickham: the godfather of robotic surgery

John Wickham can rightly be claimed to be the godfather of endourology and the impact of his work on minimally invasive surgery across specialties is still evident today. Yet, during his career, he faced criticism from his colleagues who didn’t share his vision and belief …

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The appropriate management of muscle invasive bladder cancer in the elderly

Urothelial bladder cancer (UBC) is a disease that predominates in the elderly, with a median age at presentation of over 73 years (1). Incidence rates in the UK more than double for patients over 80 years of age compared to those patients under 70 (2, …

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Rugby World Cup 2015 – an unforgettable tournament…

If you are an ‘All Black’ from New Zealand you will be content and happy.
Rugby supporters from all the other participating countries will have painful memories of what could have been, and some, especially the English, will be left with the reality of what did …

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Should junior doctors strike?

Last week junior doctors in England voted on possible strike action over their hours of work and their pay. As I write this blog the result is unknown, but from the junior doctors I have spoken to, it seems probable that there will be a …

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Health Improvement Project Zanzibar

The richer nations of the world have spent huge sums of money over many years to try to improve health outcomes due to extreme poverty – an estimated £1.1 trillion pounds has been spent on development aid over the last five decades, but many have questioned what, …

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What to expect if you are sued

A recurring theme in recent issues of Trends in Urology & Men’s Health has been the importance of avoiding medical errors and the possible implications of failing to do this. Like all professionals, healthcare professionals may be sued, and in medicine it seems increasingly likely …

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Dignity in dying

Members of Parliament are now preparing to debate the Assisted Dying Bill championed by Rob Marris in early September. It is based on Charles Falconer’s bill that made unprecedented progress through the House of Lords, only to run out of time before the general election. …

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Ethnic inequalities in prostate cancer outcomes

It is relatively well established that the incidence of prostate cancer among black men is higher when compared with white men, and this is not explained by the availability of PSA screening.1,2 Evidence is emerging to suggest that black men are more likely than white men …

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Avoiding the ‘seven deadly sins of surgery’

No surgeon goes to work intending to harm his or her patients. Unfortunately, clinical errors with resultant harm to a patient will occasionally happen. Nowadays, when a serious mistake does occur, the implications for the surgeon can be extremely serious: investigation, suspension, litigation, prosecution and …

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Avoiding medical errors in general practice

There has been some welcome focus in this publication over recent months on high-profile examples of medical error, the role of our professional bodies in investigating them, and the potential consequences for the health professionals involved.
There is less focus on medical errors that occur in …

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