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Dec 31, 2012

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There is a paper in Academic Medicine entitled ‘Can Medical Students Afford to Choose Primary Care? An Economic Analysis of Physician Education Debt Repayment’ (DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318277a7df). The background being that primary care salaries in the US are below those of specialists. In the UK, as far as I can see, the salary differentials are reversed. […]

Dec 20, 2012

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There is a cogent piece in Nature attacking many claims about how much money should be spent on scientific research. I do not think there is anything stikingly new about the arguments, but it is unusual for the mainstream science literature to give them much space. David Golston writes: The first problem is that some of […]

“The core explanation is this: the academy lacks a serious culture of teaching and learning. ” From an essay by Richard Keeling and Richard Hersh in Inside Higher Ed. No punches pulled, and hard to disagree with. Indeed the problem in what they say is that we know it already (puts me in mind of […]

Dec 05, 2012

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medicine

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There is an interesting article from Randall and Downie in Clinical Medicine (December 2012— I cannot see it online yet). The issue is about consent for transplantation, and my interest and knowledge is as a lay person, rather than an expert in this area. The gist of  the article is that statements about ‘donation’ made […]

David Healy’s Pharmageddon is reviewed in Health Affairs. It is a must read if you are interesting in medical care and the role of Pharma. The review by Donald Light  is very favourable: “In my view, Healy’s book is the most powerful and deeply thought of a new crop of books on pharmaceuticals and medicine”. […]

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