Harrison’s: Friend or Foe?

By Adrian Talia | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Longo DL, Harrison TR. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Eighteenth Edition. London: McGraw-Hill; 2012. RRP: $199 So a review of this text has been done before, not of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (Harrison’s) in isolation but a comparison to William Osler’s The Principles and Practice of Medicine. [1] The latest edition of Harrison’s has [...]  Read More →

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The only medical science textbook you need to buy?

By Toby Hulf | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Wilkins R, Cross S, Megson I, Meredith D. Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2011. RRP: $47.95 A complete guide to the medical sciences that fits in your pocket? Including anatomy? It sounds like something you’d find on the bookshop shelf between Refl exology at Your Fingertips and Sex Explained. [...]  Read More →

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Is there a role for end-of-life care pathways for patients in the home setting who are supported with community palliative care services?

By Amanda Vo | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

The concept of a “good death” has developed immensely over the past few decades and we now recognise the important role of palliative care services in healthcare for the dying, our most vulnerable population. [1-3] In palliative care, end-of-life care pathways have been developed to transfer the gold standard hospice model of care for the [...]  Read More →

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Immunology beyond a textbook: Psychoneuroimmunology and its clinical relevance for psychological stress and depression

By Adrian Lee | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Our medical studies encompass many areas of medical science, and immunology is an example of just one. Traditionally, we have been taught that our immune system exists to protect us from pathogens; however, in recent years, this romantic view of the immune system has been challenged and it is now well recognised that it is [...]  Read More →

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Graded exposure to neurophobia: Stopping it affect another generation of students

By Benjamin Nham | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Neurophobia Neurophobia has probably afflicted you at some stage during your medical school training, whether figuring out how to correlate signs elicited from examination with a likely diagnosis, or deciphering which tract has decussated at a particular level in the neuroaxis. The disease definition of neurophobia as the ‘fear of neural sciences and clinical neurology’ [...]  Read More →

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The ethics of euthanasia

By Nargus Ebrahimi | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Introduction The topic of euthanasia is one that is shrouded with much ethical debate and ambiguity. Various types of euthanasia are recognised, with active voluntary euthanasia, assisted suicide and physicianassisted suicide eliciting the most controversy. [1] Broadly speaking, these terms are used to describe the termination of a person’s life to end their suffering, usually [...]  Read More →

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The role of medical students in innovation – Fiona Wood

By Fiona Wood | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

When thinking about the role of medical students in innovation, my mind drifts back to my early days in St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London 1975. It was exciting because I could see for the first time that I had a role in the world that was useful. Let’s face it, until then it is [...]  Read More →

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Global inequities and the international health scene – Gustav Nossal

By Gustav Nossal | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

All young people should be deeply concerned at the global inequities that remain, and nowhere is this more clearly seen than in international health. Particularly we in the lucky country need to be mindful of this as we enjoy some of the best health standards in the world (with the notable exception of Aboriginal and [...]  Read More →

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Use of olanzapine in the treatment of acute mania: Comparison of monotherapy and combination therapy with sodium valproate

By Hannah Bennett | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Introduction: The aim of this article is to review the literature and outline the evidence, if any, for the effectiveness of olanzapine as a monotherapy for acute mania in comparison with the effectiveness of its use as a combined therapy with sodium valproate. Case study: GR, a 55 year old male with no previous psychiatric [...]  Read More →

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Ovarian torsion in a 22-year old nulliparous woman

By Hsiao-En Cindy Chen & Chris Georgiou | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Ovarian torsion is the fifth most common gynaecological emergency with a reported prevalence of 2.7% in all cases of acute abdominal pain. [1] It is defined as the partial or complete rotation of the adnexa around its ovarian vascular axis that may cause an interruption in the ovarian blood flow. [2] Ischaemia is therefore, a [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
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