• 30 Apr, 2022
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CPR training Better Safe Than Sorry The very funny true story of how I attempted CPR, but broke the patients legs, emptied the patient's orifices of bodily fluids, broke all their ribs, but maybe just saved their life (or so I'd like to think). read more
Three Tips for taking a Medical History Taking a history is a skill. It takes a long time to develop this skill. History taking is part of the process of clinical reasoning. I think of clinical reasoning of being the process whereby you compare the information you have at hand - from your history, examination and investigations - to that 'encyclopaedia' you have in… read more
Births, Deaths and Miscarriages The story of a junior doctor working a busy weekend in a district hospital read more
Lightening Strike Lightening Strikes Twice! Lightening strikes are literally 1 per million events. So I was shocked (ahem) recently when I had two presentations in the same day! Learn what to do about lightening strikes from a doctor caught in a freak storm. read more
Barney Burping I can’t burp For years, patients have suffered with an inability to burp. Now, a new syndrome has been described, including a cure! read more
Hey – I just met you, and this is crazy, but you’ve got Tetanus, so take this Ig A 65 year old male presents to the Emergency Department with a 3-day history of worsening, painful stiff neck. He reports that he is not able to sleep due to the pain and has seemingly very limited ROM of his neck from the end of the bed. He also reports night sweats, and has a… read more

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Chinese opera ward round. Image by shengjingyoujian - from flickr What a lovely morning for the Opera Back during my FY1 medicine attachment, I had the pleasure of looking after Mr C, a Chinese gentleman in his eighties, on the Stroke rehabilitation ward of our DGH. Not only had he had a stroke, he was also very deaf and only spoke Mandarin. His daughter managed to communicate with him by putting her… read more
Nice Shoes My feet hurt. No idea what it could be. But I did wear some high heels the other day. read more
Live to be 100. Maybe? We examine ways that might help to extend your lifespan. read more
Diagnosis: Hilarious Dear Doctor - I get pains in my stomach, terrible headaches, feel nauseas, and just feel generally rotten. And it seems to happen every Saturday and Sunday morning. What is it? read more
Almostadoctor crashes due to high demand! Firstly, sorry. Sorry we’ve been offline for a few days. It’s been literally driving me crazy. And we’ve been working around the clock to fix it. Secondly, I’ll explain. It’s that time of year: exam time. That means lots of you coming to almostadoctor all at once. And along with that, we’ve also got some… read more
medical phonemail handover A Quick Phone call How not to present a patient over the phone. read more