What is it about today's culture that needs me to stand up here and talk about something which is patently obvious to any layperson - that 99.9% of the time human beings are either male or female?
So, after reading an article in Prescriber journal entitled "Introducing HPV vaccination for boys in the UK" I got to thinking about this. Human Papilloma Virus is a little bug, of which there are many variants, that seems to be nearly ubiquitous in the human population. This would not be a problem if it was … Continue reading Reduce harm vs 1st do no harm?
I wanted to relate the contents of an article that I've just read in the most recent Triple Helix (the journal of the Christian Medical Foundation, Winter 2018, not yet available as a free PDF, but soon...), because it really opened my eyes to the positive aspects of Conscious Objection (CO). So often we are … Continue reading Conscious Objection Defended
I was immensely encouraged a couple of weeks ago when I attended a conference on Ethics and Palliative Care at Riddell Hall in Belfast. It was so good to sit and listen to people whose job it is to care for those who are dying, by compassionate application of their medical skills, mediated through a … Continue reading Dying Well
I am disappointed in my profession. There are so many times when I am proud of my job, and my colleagues; proud of what we do and how we do it; proud of what we say, how we speak out about things that matter. Now is not one of those times. Where are the outspoken … Continue reading “…is for good men to do nothing”
[Hippocratic Oath VI] It takes a lot to make me angry. It takes a lot to motivate me into public dissent. Right now, the threat of abortion being legalised and, even worse, normalised, in Northern Ireland, is that motivation. Which is why I was here today: "Neither will I administer a poison to anybody … Continue reading I protested today pt.2
[Hippocratic Oath V] Want to know why medical doctors in the Western world no longer subscribe to the Hippocratic Oath? "Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion." That's … Continue reading I protested today pt.1