Management of high-grade vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia

By Sylvia Ai | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a condition which is increasingly prevalent, particularly in young women, [1] but is a topic rarely touched upon in medical school. The following article reviews current treatment methods for VIN, both surgical and pharmacological, as well as promising new treatment modalities still being researched. VIN is a condition in which [...]  Read More →

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Starlight stars bright

By | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

White T. Starlight: An Australian Army doctor in Vietnam. Brisbane: CopyRight Publishing; 2011. RRP: $33.00 Not many of us dream of serving as a medical doctor in the frontlines of war. War is after all the antithesis of everything the medical profession stands for. [1] In Starlight, Dr Tony White AM vividly recounts his tour [...]  Read More →

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Predicting falls in the elderly: do dual-task tests offer any added value? A systematic review

By Mina Sarofim | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

The issue of falls is a significant health concern in geriatric medicine and a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in those over 65 years of age. Gait and balance problems are responsible for up to a quarter of falls in the elderly. It is unclear whether dual- task assessments, which have become increasingly popular [...]  Read More →

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The hidden value of the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program

By Daniel Chan | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Medical students, prevocational doctors and general practitioners (GPs) may have little knowledge of the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP). This article seeks to explore the value of such placements and provide an aspiring surgeon’s reflection on a PGPPP internship placement in rural New South Wales (NSW). General practice placements for interns have been available [...]  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 future of personalised cancer therapy, today

By May Wong | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

With the human genome sequenced a decade ago and the concurrent development of genomics, pharmacogenetics and proteomics, the field of personalised cancer treatment appears to be a maturing reality. It is recognised that the days of ‘one-sizefi ts-all’ and ‘trial and error’ cancer treatment are numbered, and such conventional approaches will be refined. The rationale [...]  Read More →

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The cardiac surgeon, a dying breed?

By Saissan Rajendran | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

The innovation of the cardiopulmonary bypass machine in 1951 had now allowed surgeons the ability to operate on the heart without any time constraints. It was not soon after that Russian Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Vasilii Kolesov, had performed the first successful coronary artery bypass surgery. His success and the innovation of the heart valve prostheses [...]  Read More →

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Metformin and PCOS: Potential benefit to reduce miscarriage risk

By Daniel Chan & Gavin Sacks | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

I am writing in response to the review article by Wong (AMSJ Volume 2, Issue 2). [1] Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, occurring in 30% of pregnancies. [2] Although the mechanism is unclear, several interrelated factors appear to increase the risk of spontaneous miscarriages, including higher luteinising hormone [...]  Read More →

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Reflections on an elective in Kenya

By Hijiri Suzuki | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

“In Africa, you do not view death from the auditorium of life, as a spectator, but from the edge of the stage, waiting only for your cue. You feel perishable, temporary, transient. You feel mortal. Maybe that is why you seem to live more vividly in Africa. The drama of life there is amplified by [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
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