Samuel Shem has said The House of God was based on his experiences as an intern at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1973-1974.

Are there many books that continue to be sharply relevant some 40 years after publication? Not many I suspect. But one that manages to be, in the medi(...)

No need to take supplements if the content of your fridge looks like this

Any woman who has been pregnant will remember how much effort she put into eating a healthy diet. Many expectant mums also turn to prenatal supplement(...)

Studies show that excessive chocolate and fat intake did not alter the composition or output of pore-blocking sebum. Photograph: iStockphoto

If only my late mother had subscribed to the Journal of the American Medical Association. I forgive the old girl this lapse – there were few working-c(...)

Given the relationship between increased weight, and diabetes and heart disease, you would expect that a rising BMI would be associated with increasing mortality but that is not the case

“The road is long, With many a winding turn, That leads us to who knows where” The lyrics of the Hollies hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brot(...)

The results are in for the first trial of a “poop pill”, which represents a significant breakthrough in the science of faecal therapy. True, it wil(...)

‘They have delivered a death sentence to my patients. They are playing with people’s lives.” It’s not often you will hear a hospital consultant utter (...)

There is a certain inevitability about the recent finding that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) poses the same risk to cardiovascular health as (...)

How would you like if your medical consultations were conducted by a robot? Probably one with a smiling face, programmed to be appropriately empatheti(...)