Tag: language

“A revolution is a transfer of power…”

“The Victorian parliamentarian and novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton declared, “A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.” Patient centred care began as a correction of abuses, a response to patients being treated like “imbeciles and…

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!

“There are only two definite, unarguable times in this messy, fluid and unpredictable process of childbirth: when the baby is born and when the placenta comes out. The rest is bunkum! Yet our computers insist we fill in boxes that…

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…