The importance of physician empathy should not be underestimated. Photograph: iStock

In 1811, the English novelist Frances “Fanny” Burney (1752-1840) ate breakfast at her Paris home before undergoing a mastectomy in her bedroom . . . w(...)

The Solopep device

Kevin J O’Sullivan admits he’s a bit obsessed with medical device design. It has been his life for over 10 years, and during that time he has had four(...)

A predicted death toll of 10 million by 2050 will make AMR the world’s biggest cause of death. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The introduction of penicillin in the 1940s heralded the antibiotic era. We are now in the era of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Can we fight back? (...)

Traditionally, parents and priests have cornered the market on ethical advice. But is it time the professionals took over, specifically those scien(...)