Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. Published by Jonathan Cape (Hardback) 2013  This is a wonderful short book about ballooning, photography, love and more specifically, an attempt by its author, Julian Barnes, to come to terms with the death of his wife.  Levels of Life will be a gift to those trying to make …Read the Rest


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Although readers of this blog will be aware that I’m a big fan of the new RSS Reader Feedly, I sense that its use by the broader medical community may be limited by a general lack of familiarity with RSS technology in general. A show of hands at a presentation I gave last week indicated …Read the Rest


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Updates provided by RSS feeds, alongside those presented on Twitter, form the main source of in-bound information in both my professional and personal life. RSS allows me to capture, filter, index and save news and updates from a wide variety of information sources in the one place for review at a time that is convenient to …Read the Rest

‘I just can’t do it anymore doctor. I’m a wreck’. Mary is a widowed 72 year old lady who has a bad back, sore wrists and shoulders and as a result, has difficulty sleeping and sometimes even dressing herself can be a struggle. These symptoms make her own life difficult but her main concern is …Read the Rest

Have you ever sneakily checked your Twitter feed while having a conversation with someone or felt compelled to check it, bleary eyed in the middle of the night?  Have you ever lied about the amount of time you spend on Twitter or checked your feed for mentions while sitting on the toilet? I have.  Much as I …Read the Rest

Last week I attended a hospital based workshop which focused on how to manage discussions with patients in the setting of an adverse healthcare outcome.  Whereas an acknowledgment of the problem and an appropriate apology are essential, we were also reminded about the importance of encouraging patients to tell their version of events in a …Read the Rest

Over the last couple of years I’ve been putting together a small waiting room library of books for my patients to read. I thought of the idea after visiting a restaurant where they had left  cookery books lying around for patrons to look at while waiting for their food.  The challenge was choosing suitable reading …Read the Rest


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I don’t usually get emotional listening to the proceedings of our national parliament but this week found myself overwhelmed and tearful while listening to a speech by our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. He was apologising, on behalf of the Irish State and its citizens, to women who had been incarcerated in a group of Catholic church …Read the Rest

Anyone who’s been in my office in the last year or so might have noticed two little girls looking down at them from my wall.   The photo caught my eye at an exhibition by Galway photographer Joe O’Shaughnessy a few years ago so I bought it, not really knowing where to put it.  Recently, in an effort …Read the Rest

Although I sometimes flatter myself that patients actually look forward to seeing me for their appointments, the reality is that for most, attending doctor appointments can be a bit of a chore. Medical appointments themselves don’t take that long but the process of getting there often does. There’s the time off work or childcare to consider, finding …Read the Rest