It Wasn’t A Sin

One of this country’s top television hits this year arrived in America last night.  Arguably the most powerful televisual way in a long time of conveying the message ‘Some people are gay.  Get over it‘, Channel 4’s It’s A Sin premiered on the channel HBO Max yesterday evening, and the show’s considerably high ratings (Channel 4 say that it has been their biggest-ever drama launch on their All 4 streaming service) and favourable critical acclaim (Rotten Tomatoes have given it a …

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Medical myths in a time of Covid-19…

One aspect of the Covid19 pandemic is the steep rise in associated myths.    This is not unusual.  In time of crisis we all cling to what we believe and we believe new things more easily;  these certainties give us security and hope.   Indeed, government in its covid19 messaging is itself controlling our behaviour in what I believe to be a more or less responsible manner.    Scaring us into staying home and normalising this behaviour is key to their public health …

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The government’s idea of compelling doctors to work for a period in the NHS…

The general public regards the NHS as something between a ‘sacred cow’ and a ‘national treasure’, despite all the pressures that it is under. For decades it has provided a universal service, largely free* at the point of use. The public may have a collective memory of the abysmal provision before it was introduced; to see just what changes it made, you have to look for ‘the short and simple annals of the poor’ — you could start by reading …

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Getting screwed by Big Pharma – Female Passion is not something that can easily be medicalised…

  A customer complaint that his Viagra had not been dispensed led me, with the help of my street-facing CCTV camera, to discover his wife had dumped his Viagra tablets into the street wastepaper bin as she left the pharmacy with his monthly medicines.  I’m not sure how common this phenomenon might be.  Nor am I sure how the average, long suffering, partner of a 60-year-old, overweight male with minimal personal hygiene and bearing a strong resemblance to a church …

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