I'm afraid it's bad news. I'm going to have to amputate your leg.Oh, lovely! Sometimes we Brits can be a bit self-deprecating, looking on the bright side, making the best of things and solving problems with a cup of tea. And apologising. Someone treads on your foot ,"Oh, I'm sorry I got in your way". … Continue reading I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue
Two years ago I contracted acute epiglottitis. This isn't something you see very much these days because it's usually caused by Haemophilus influenzae, and babies are vaccinated against this at birth. I'm too old to have been vaccinated, and in any case I am significantly immunosuppressed by my cancer and its treatment, so there is … Continue reading DNAR
A while back I found myself looking at an online review discussing the merits of various cordless vacuum cleaners. I can't imagine what I was up to as I already have a Dyson V8 and a V10, and I'm not in the market for any more. Maybe I was looking for a present for someone. … Continue reading Nature abhors vacuuming
This post is primarily aimed at fellow medics, so forgive me if it is a bit technical in places. The first thing we learn in medical school once we have been released onto the wards is how to examine patients. Actually the first thing they taught me was how to take blood. We were each … Continue reading Things they don’t always teach you at medical school
The arrival of the latest addition to the Royal Family got me thinking about a probability problem which is quite straightforward on the face of it but which most people get wrong: A pregnant woman attends for her routine ultrasound scan, and the sonographer diagnoses twins, telling her that one of them is certainly a … Continue reading It’s a boy! Probably.
I remember once listening to David Owen Norris, concert pianist and one-time BBC presenter, reviewing recordings of something-or-other on Radio 3's Building a Library. He made some comments about the digital information stored on the CD along with the music not being very accurate. Now there are CD players that will display the title of … Continue reading Allegro, allegro, we all fall down
A few months ago I came across an article by a technical journalist who was listing the features that he hoped to see in the upcoming version of the iPhone. Top of the list was a 20 megapixel camera. This got me wondering why anybody would want so many pixels on a smartphone. Just before … Continue reading A pixel is worth a thousand nerds