Tag: language

The bumpiness of the playing field…

There’s something I’ve been wondering for a while. I know I’m not the only person who wonders it, because I’ve heard other people say similar things, but I’ve not yet heard a good answer to it. What I’m wondering is…

Evidence and decisions: two different things

A short but fascinating rapid response to a recent British Medical Journal article really got my attention this week. Writing in response to an ongoing discussion about evidence, guidelines and decision-making, Michael H Stone pointed out that the role of…

The stages of labour – bunkum!

Inspired by a friend’s request to look out an old TPM article to which she wanted to refer in a book that she is writing, I have decided to start an occasional series featuring my favourite extracts from old midwifery…

Fear of childbirth, or fear of medicalisation?

A pregnant women just asked me a really good question, to which I didn’t know the answer. “What’s it called when you’re fearful of medicalisation?” I paused for a moment. The first word that came to mind was iatrophobia, but…

Introducing … breastsleeping

This month has seen the publication of a commentary (in Acta Paediatrica) which needs very little discussion from me, because its premise and argument is so clearly laid out in the title and abstract.  Here’s the title… There is no…

It’s OK to have wants too…

I came across a paper recently that had a title which I really liked.  Which makes a nice change, because more often I find I don’t like the titles of papers, and generally when this happens it is because I…