Why is so much bad science published?

It wasn’t until after my retirement that I had the time to read scientific papers in medical journals with anything…

David Sellu, a surgeon wrongly jailed

When Mr David Sellu, an experienced and respected colorectal surgeon, was found guilty of the manslaughter of one of his…

The medical (and legal) consequences of looking at your phone in bed

It’s not my fault I look at my emails 24 hours a day — so who can I sue?

Charity workers are happier — is it because of doing good, or just feeling good?

A lengthy paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology (54 (2016) 64 – 84), lyrically titled ‘“… Do it with…

Thinking inside the witness box

The best expert witnesses are seldom the most eminent men in their field

The decline of references is a helping hand to mediocrity

They have been almost contentless for years, ever since the subjects were granted the right to read them

Notes on notes

Something has been lost with the digitising of medical notes

The bureaucrats’ boom

Is it time to put a halt on professional management ruining our public services?

Curing hypochondria

These days it’s difficult not to be ill. In fact, it’s impossible to be well. Few of us do not…

Percentage error

Medicine is a science, but not an exact one. Despite its inexactitude, however, its progress has been startling, and no…

When death is a side effect

  ‘Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?’ ‘To the curious incident of…

This is madness

Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recently drew attention to the financial difficulties faced by the…