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“Physician, heal thyself” does not mean treat yourself

 “Physician, heal thyself” The Bible, Luke 4.23 (King James Version). We as doctors are fond of treating ourselves, citing the old proverb, “Physician, heal thyself” as our justification. But ‘heal thyself’...
glass of red wine for article on alcohol by Dr Jane Barker

Alcohol – a healthy pleasure or a menace to health?

This article is written in response to a recent report on Alcohol and Cancer published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and asks whether we, as physicians, have...
Photo by Alan Johnston of medical students and Dr Jane Barker for her article on the stresses of being a medical student

The Stresses of Being a Medical Student

We demand much of our medical students and junior doctors. We currently train them in an environment that is stressful – competitive, harsh and overwhelming for them at times....
Dr Anne Malatt & Dr Jane Barker hand in hand - photo by Alan Johnston - for article on Relationships in Medicine

Medicine is about relationships, for Medicine is about people

That Medicine is first and foremost about people, about relationships, is something which may be forgotten in the overwhelm of evidence-based practice and protocols, but the strength of these...
pills & money for article on doctors & pharmaceutical companies by Dr Jane Barker

Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies – can we co-exist in an ethical...

We would all agree that Medicine is about caring, about alleviating suffering. At its best, it has been renowned for its morality, its ethics, and its compassion. How do...
Ten Steps to Self-Care for doctors

Ten Steps to Self-Care

We hear a lot about self-care these days and think it is probably something we ought to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7I58U-YXdI We think it has to do with diet, exercise and rest, with...
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Burnout – Care Factor, Zero

What is burnout? In the world of cars, a burnout is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke...
Doctor Anne Malatt

Doctors can learn about life from their patients

Doctors aren’t supposed to have favourite patients. We are not supposed to feel anything, really. We are supposed to be objective, dispassionate, and to not favour anyone over any other,...
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Anxiety disorders amongst doctors – the elephant in the room?

In my early teens, when on a walking safari, we were charged by an elephant. We lived then in Zambia and this family trip was faithfully recorded on my mum’s...
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Depression

The reported levels of depression amongst medical students and doctors are alarming. The Beyond Blue study of doctors’ mental health (1) has shown that 3.4% of doctors surveyed have very...

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