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Oct 29, 2013

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This paper, “Urologists’ Use of Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer” by Jean M Mitchell, caught my eye. Not my normal bedtime reading but… First, a single author paper in the NEJM. How refreshing. Two of my first three publications (one in the BMJ) were single author papers. Traditions of science change, but in my […]

“The place to begin may be the US Senate. At the end of July 2012 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labour and Pensions presented an 800-page report, the culmination of a two-year investigation into ‘for-profit’ higher education institutions.?1 The senators found that at such institutions a mere 17.4 per cent of annual revenue was spent […]

Oct 23, 2013

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I wrote an article just published in Clinics in Dermatology: Why we should let “evidence-based medicine” rest in peace [paywall]. The abstract is below. Will people let it RIP? No, because as Bruce Charlton has written, EBM is Zombie science. You cannot kill zombies, because they are dead already: they are the undead, they will not […]

Simpon Jenkins in the Guardian: Willetts has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Robbins report with a pamphlet questioning one aspect of the expansion it stimulated. Pre-Robbins, British universities devoted 60% of their time to teaching and 40% to research. Now those percentages are reversed, so that universities are “lopsided away from teaching”. Only in the former […]

Oct 09, 2013

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The NYT reports: In its case with the trade commission, Apple accused Samsung of violating four patents, including a design patent for the general look of an iPhone — a rectangle with rounded corners — and a utility patent for detecting when headphones are plugged into a device. And you wonder why companies now feel […]

Christopher Bigsby’s advice for entrants to the university business: “Do not mention contact hours. If asked, say: it depends what you mean by contact. And hours.”

Oct 05, 2013

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One of the most telling of Rich deMillo’s insights into US universities is how a 1$ research outlay, costs an institution 2.5$. The difference—1.5$— has to come from somewhere. In some instances this will be endowment funds, but in others it will be money allocated for teaching. I do not know of comparable figures for […]

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