The loss is in the eye of the beholder

RECENT ADVANCES IN RESTORATION OF SIGHT

 

John Freke, the first ophthalmic surgeon in Britain started practising at St Bart’s around the time when the Bristol Royal Infirmary opened its doors, but it was not until Baron de Wenzel’s appointment in 1772 that the specialty gained its true recognition. After becoming an oculist to King George III, de Wenzel perfected his skill in removing the cataracts, which was seen at a time as an almost miraculous deed of evangelical magnitude (1).

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21 grams that destroyed the universe.

MY LORD I have learned with the greatest regret today that our honorary fellow, Prof Jerzy Vetulani has unfortunately passed away, shortly after 9 pm Oxford time on Thursday. I am sure that the whole House would like to join me in sharing the condolences with the family of Prof Vetulani on this very sad day.

 

Prof Vetulani was a true hero of our times: bravely defending the basic sciences of neurology and psychology, engaging with the public and inspiring generations of young doctors and scientists.

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Switching off the Consciousness: A Painful Beginning of Anaesthesia

It was January 1845. Boston Massachusetts General Hospital’s Surgical Theatre was never so empty as then. A monotonous and boring speech about cranial trepanation did not attract a broad auditorium.  Meeting of a thick and inelegant drill, in connection with human bone and brain meninges, almost always resulted in an exacerbated infection and a terrible death of the patient.

Among fleers and whispers of the students, it could be heard:

“Humbug, seriously? How He wants to do it, it’s impossible.”

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[BOOK REVIEW] Retrieval Medicine – a career that isn’t on the menu

I have had an immense pleasure of reading the Oxford Handbook of Retrieval Medicine. It was an enjoyable, satisfying and, above all, adventurous journey, and I’d like to share a couple of my reflections.

Before I dive into the exciting world of retrieval medicine, I must admit that I had little knowledge of the field before reading the book, and only after digesting a solid portion of the publication did I realise how ignorant I had been.

Nonetheless, I would bet my kingdom, and a horse, that many of you have little to no idea what retrieval medicine actually is. And this is exactly why you should read the book.

It will certainly blow your mind, inspire you and make you feel grateful for the truly Benedictine effort that went into preparing this unique handbook.

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How to play like a pro: The neuroscience of muscle memory

With the Olympics just past and the Paralympics in full swing, it’s difficult not to marvel at every athlete’s mastery of their discipline. Was Andy Murray born to play tennis, or are complex motor patterns something which we all may be capable of achieving? Here, we explore the neuroscience behind motor learning: the process that helps you tie your shoelaces, and allows Andy Murray to hit backhand winners in his sleep.

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Stem Cell Transplantology In Neurodegeneration

No area of medicine in recent years has produced as much hype and hopeful thinking than that of stem cells. So much so that two US presidents have issued executive orders to control their use in research (EO:13435, EO:13505). Many countries continue to heavily regulate or even ban their use outright.

In this article, I will attempt to cut past the ethical dilemma surrounding stem cell use and focus on the hard science.

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Managing the Uncertainty: Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine PART 3

Is Hypnotherapy Effective and Why Charcot Was Wrong About Hysteria?

It was a remarkable symposium of neurological masterminds of the time: Jean-Martin Charcot, accompanied by Joseph Babinski, Pierre Marie, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, and other discoverers of famous neurological disorders were observing a truly bizarre spectacle.

Gentlemen,’ began the Napoléon of neuroses, ‘You may know that I initially believed hysteria to be a neurological disorder, which can be an inherited flaw of the nervous systems.

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