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October, 2015



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“Do no Harm” Changing Perspective

I’VE just finished a wonderful book, “Do no Harm” which is an account of neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s career. As with all great factual books, it reads like fiction: each chapter is named after a tumour and follows a particular patient, their surgery, their outcome. Mr Marsh grows in humility and wisdom through the story. One chapter recounts his work with NICE. This much maligned “Death Committee” receives negative press from tabloid, broadsheet, drug companies. some health care professionals, US politicians and even me in the past! Wisdom comes with age and I have learned, from watching the decisions made about subjects I know a little about, that NICE is usually right. A thoroughly recommended read. Myopia Control Myopia or short-sightedness, is the eye condition where near objects are clear, but objects

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Bishopston Voice - October '15  
Bishopston Voice - October '15