Category: Riffing ranting and raving

On acceptance without need for cause

When I called my 75-year old dad one morning last week, he told me that his wrist was hurting. He then spent the next four minutes speculating out loud as to whether it might be a drill-related injury (he likes…

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…

How to cancel a labour induction?

“I had an appointment with a consultant last week and was given a date for induction, although I wasn’t really asked whether I wanted it and it was all very fast. There’s no medical reason for inducing me, it’s just…

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…

Don’t deny our experiences!

I want to acknowledge from the outset that the story I am about to tell you is based on the epitome of a first-world problem, but I’m not telling you because I want to complain about the problem.  I want…

Manipulation or understanding?

A mini-rant today, after I spotted the following abstract … the highlighting is mine: “Despite the great advances in modern medicine, our understanding of the most basic function of our complete genetic makeup is extremely poor. Our complete genetic make…

Pregnancy, birth and overdetection…

A few weeks ago, a study was published in the British Medical Journal.  It looked at overdetection in cancer screening; asking people whether they find overdetection acceptable and to what degree. Taking their findings into account, the authors concluded that,…