The War to End All Wars? The Age of Killing Machines . . . and Poetry

A beautiful piece of Poetry & a reminder of Gingko biloba!!

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World War I erupted 100 years ago on July 28, 1914. War still begets poetry.

Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae penned this poem—perhaps the most memorable words of the Great War—after burying a friend who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. Flanders Field Poppies courtesy of Tijl Vercaemer. Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae penned this poem—perhaps the most memorable words of the Great War—after burying a friend who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. Flanders Field Poppies courtesy of Tijl Vercaemer.

Flanders Fields

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep…

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What’s behind the rise in complaints about doctors from members of the public?

A response by GMC Director Fitness to Practice on rising complaints against doctors in UK.

Improving medical education and practice across the UK

Anthony Omo, the GMC’s Director of Fitness to Practise, looks at some of the findings of research from Plymouth University and considers what this means for the GMC.

Complaints about doctors have been on the rise for some time. In 2012 we received more than 8,000 complaints about doctors – a rise of over 100% since 2007. Part of this increase is down to a welcome change in culture where more doctors are speaking up when things go wrong. However over half of all complaints in 2012 came from members of the public.

This increase is not unique to the medical profession: we have seen similar trends across the NHS. However some of the complaints that we receive from the public could and should be resolved at a local level. Just one in five of these complaints met our criteria for a full investigation in 2012 and this raises important…

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His Woman

Pregnancy is a normal Physiological process. Why do we call pregnant women patients in hospitals?

Written Words Never Die

It is your body but motherhood is a joint decision. Don’t shock him with the news of your pregnancy, but present it as your (his and yours) long cherished dream come true.

You are pregnant – not sick. Take it up with hospitals and doctors who label you as a ‘patient’ instead of a ‘mother-to-be’ or ‘mother’.

Don’t bemoan the fact that you can’t wait to squeeze back into your tight jeans or whatever. Pregnancy is not a burden; it’s a gift. Other than some sports and certain physical positions, life can and should continue as normal. Loving is great too – but you already know that (wink).

It’s okay to expect special treatment but don’t demand it – the baby is in you, it’s not you.

If you do lose your cool, forgive yourself – don’t beat and wreck yourself with guilt or anxiety. Your body is going through…

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Is it time to lock up those who commit research fraud?

Is it time to lock up those who commit research fraud?.

Dishonesty in research can compromise lives. The MMR scare is bad enough. The recent case of H.I.V research falsifications from Ohio is criminal. And quite rightly the Americans are charging this scientist with the crime of fraud.

Mustapha Tahir

15 July 2014