Articles: Volume 6 Issue 6 Nov/Dec 2015

Editorial: Criminalisation of medical mistakes

Mistakes in medicine carry a more profound significance than in other professions…
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Management of muscle-invasive bladder cancer

Cancer that has invaded the detrusor muscle can be associated with a high degree of morbidity and mortality. Radical treatments are required, including cystectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These treatments can cause short-term and long-term consequences for patients. In this article, Andrew Moon, Hans Van der …

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Surviving a criminal prosecution for manslaughter

It is any healthcare professional’s nightmare to receive a call telling them they are being investigated for misconduct or, worse, medical manslaughter. But that is what happened to surgeon Ken Woodburn. In this article he provides a very personal and honest account of what he …

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Typhoid fever: yesterday, today and unfortunately still tomorrow

Enteric fever is caused by Salmonella typhi and Salmonella paratyphi A, B and C. Typhoid fever refers to the illness caused by S. typhi, whereas enteric fever refers to the disease caused by all four organisms. In this article Christopher Brightman describes the history of our …

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Prostate cancer: lessons to be learned from breast cancer

There are a number of parallels between the management of breast cancer and prostate cancer. However, breast cancer has a much higher profile than prostate cancer and this has driven investment in research. Roger Kirby looks at what lessons can be learned from how breast …

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National men’s health policies: can they help?

Despite the many serious health problems facing men, few countries have national strategies. In this article, Peter Baker reviews the national men’s health strategy in Ireland and looks at how effective these policies have proved in some other countries.
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Things ain’t what they used to be – or are they?

It is commonly remarked, particularly by the older generation, that things were better in the past. In this article, based on the inaugural John Fitzpatrick Memorial Lecture given in Dublin this year, Christopher Woodhouse explains that, in urology at least, this is not necessarily the …

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Stepping in to ‘fix’ Dad

Jen Whitington describes how a family rallied round to ‘fix’ their Dad and help him change his lifestyle in the face of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Pulling together, they have turned around what could have been a slow decline in health for Geoff, to …

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John Wickham: the godfather of robotic surgery

From tinkering with an Austin 7 as a child to performing the first laparoscopic nephrectomy in the UK, John Wickham’s contribution to urological surgery and minimally invasive surgery in general is truly significant. Dominic Hodgson looks at the career of a real innovator whose influence …

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Journal review

An update on the latest relevant journal articles. Mike Kirby, GP and Visiting Professor, University of Hertfordshire and The Prostate Centre, London, writes the ‘Message for the clinic’
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