Graeme Rocker is a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax
Editor’s note: Part I of this series appeared as a in CMAJ; parts II , III and IV appeared on CMAJ Blogs.
At six months and counting, life has mostly returned to normal, although persistent heaviness in dependent parts still creates intermittent discomfort. A long bicycle ride with insufficient padding had me worrying about Fournier’s gangrene for days. Wearing old lycra with my new contours, I did a brutal number on one upper thigh and side of scrotum. ...continue reading →
Medicine is often thought of as a matter of science. Experiments are conducted and cumulative evidence is then applied to best clinical practice. While this is certainly true, there is a lack of appreciation of what goes into the process of medicine. There are numerous assumptions that take place in medicine, including our method of experimentation and interpretation of findings. This is where philosophy comes in, to balance the science of medicine. ...continue reading →
Interview with , neurologist and Director of the Stroke Unit at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. In a (subscription required), Dr. Hill and colleagues compare ischemic stroke with acute coronary syndrome. Both are caused by sudden arterial occlusion and time to treatment is a critical factor affecting outcome. Stroke care should be designed around efficient, coordinated systems and dedicated care units to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Also, interview with , infection disease specialist, Professor of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Executive Director of the BC CDC. In a (subscription required), Dr. Tyndall draws attention to the fact that although new treatments for hepatitis C virus are much more effective, we must not forget to address the social drivers of the disease, especially amongst people who inject drugs. IV drug users, both current and past, make up the majority in the second wave of HCV infection.
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