Tagged: Medical Practice

Brain Zap - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 07, 2012

I have been meaning to blog about this article in Stuff on Electroconvulsive Therapy. As with almost every media article I have every seen on the subject, this one is thoroughly biased against ECT. It is as if journalists cannot resist dredging up the checkered and lurid past of ECT and presenting current ECT practice […] Related posts: … Read More

Hidden Costs - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 02, 2012

Talking about the death toll from the February killer quake in Christchurch, Professor Mike Ardagh reckons that there will be a number of others who will have died from the quake who are not yet part of this toll. He is thinking mainly of those who succumbed to complications from their injuries or died as […] Related posts: … Read More

The Healthy Contraceptive? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 21, 2011

The MacDoctor sees that the Lancet is up to its old tricks again – publishing controversial comments and papers with poor scientific reasoning behind them. You would have thought that almost single-handedly producing the anti-vaccine movement with a poorly researched, bogus article would have taught them some caution, but apparently not. Not yet published in [...] Related posts: … Read More

Treating Health - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 26, 2011

Philosophically, I have a deep disquiet about the tendency of my profession to medicalise health. While I have no qualms at all about vigorously treating risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, I confess to being a little dubious about the advisability of blindly treating the general population with the cocktail of drugs [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Ethics of Homeopathy - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 22, 2011

Dr Shaun Holt is no stranger to controversy, having last year laid into the Chiropractors. Now he, along with a number of other researchers, have written a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal saying: Practicing homeopathy or endorsing it by referring patients is not consistent with the ethical or regulatory requirements of practising medicine [...] Related posts: … Read More

Another Blow to Men’s Health - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 06, 2011

The decision of the health select committee that there will be no National Prostate cancer screening can only be described as short-sighted. Once again, the opportunity to create a world class preventative health program is slipping through our fingers. Conventional thinking, like that exhibited by Associate Professor Brian Cox of the Dunedin School of Medicine, dictates [...] Related posts: … Read More

Double Employment - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 06, 2011

Many specialists in New Zealand work part-time in the public health system and part-time in their own private practice. They do not generally do this to make extra money because there is usually more than enough work for a specialist working full-time in private practice. Specialists work in public hospitals for several reasons. Complex surgery [...] Related posts: … Read More

Breast Dogma - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 17, 2011

There’s a bit of a rumpus going on at the moment in the world of Midwifery. It seems that some brave doctors, paediatrician Dr Mary Fewtrell, of University College London and her colleagues, have published a paper challenging the WHO dogma of six months of breast feeding. The Midwives are all frothing at the mouth [...] Related posts: … Read More

Die Another Way - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 14, 2011

I suppose I will be getting visits from dozens of worried patients who have just read the Herald’s latest attempt to scare the willies out of you. Popular painkillers ‘lift stroke, heart risk’ Any headline like this, involving common drugs, causes plenty of panic. Many of my patients will simply stop taking these medicines and [...] Related posts: … Read More