Doctor’s narrative: First free reign with the patients

Andy Neil writes about deciding to talk straight with a patient about their cancer >>>

“He thanks me. He thanks me. He thanks me for telling him he has cancer. My eyes fill with tears and I make myself look in his eyes and I make myself hold his hand cause he deserves it and so much more.


A cure for language abuse

Letter to the Times editor: >>> ”

Madam, – With drug abuse becoming so prevalent in our society, with it comes, what I consider, abuse of the language. For those of us who do not abuse what is medically prescribed by professional physicians, can we please try to refer to this as “medication” instead of “drugs”? The line between the behaviour of a socially maladjusted individual and a law-abiding user of medicine must not be blurred by these words, which are not interchangeable. – Yours, etc, WESLEY J BECK”