Daily Tips

Friedrich Nietzsche ( 1844-1900), the German philosopher, cultural critic and poet said: “Truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions”.

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” Men ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations….. All these things we endure from the brain. ” Hippocrates – “On the Sacred Disease”

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“Readability”

John Kirkman in the chapter on style in the book – The Complete Guide to Medical Writing” states: “Writers should aim to enable readers to decode their texts comfortably and confidently in a single, continuous pass along the lines“, and he continues: “Readers may choose to stop to reflect on the acceptability of the argument…

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Daily Tip – clinical humility

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Dysthanasia

Everybody or most people have heard of Euthanasia, which is a word that comes from the Greek and means “a good death”. It is a subject that crops up a lot in the news and in films etc. You must remember the film by Alejandro Amenabar, called “Mar Adentro” or in English “Sea Inside”, which…

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Daily Tip 21

When the nurse changes the bandage it is called “To dress the wound”, or “To change the dressing” Have a great Weekend

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Daily Tips 20

  “We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest.” This is the start to probably the most important scientific letter in history. Sent by two young scientists, James Watson and Francis Crick to the Nature journal in 1953….

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Daily Tip 19 – Words

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind…” This is a very fine quotation by Rudyard Kipling. It is, I think, very interesting to explain the context. It is from a speech he made to the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1923. Here, he is using the metaphor of comparing…

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Daily Tip 18

In English one of the most common verbs is “get”, and can have very different meanings depending on the context but in a health and medical setting there are two very important idioms: get better and get worse. Get better means to improve, recover one’s health. For example, ” I had a bad cold, but…

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Daily Tip 17

  Today’s tip is a quote by Hippocrates, ” Men ought to know that from nothing else but the brain comes joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations….. All these things we endure from the brain.” And is used by Gavin Francis in his excellent new book ” Adventures in Human…

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